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The Cost of Segregation

What we pay in lost income, lives and potential

The Metropolitan Planning Council, together with Urban Institute and a team of policy advisors, is leading a groundbreaking, two-year research and policy initiative. The first phase of the report reveals that segregation costs the Chicago region and all of its inhabitants billions of dollars each year. The next phase will focus on the work we can do—and policies we can adopt—to reduce Chicago's segregation and collectively create a metropolitan Chicago that works for everyone. Click here to read the full findings from part one of our investigation.

Issue

Chicago consistently ranks among America's top segregated regions. Like many U.S. metropolitan regions, historical and ongoing systemic racism has blurred the lines between racial and economic segregation; today, our poorer residents are disproportionately people of color living in communities of concentrated poverty. While the disadvantages of living in concentrated poverty have been well documented, there is less evidence of the disadvantages of segregation to all of a region's residents. MPC and Urban Institute's study rests on the premise that not only low-income people and communities pay the price, but that segregation hampers the economy and quality of life for everyone living in metropolitan Chicago. Therefore, all must be part of the solution.

Solution

Eric Allix Rogers

The Metropolitan Planning Council, together with Urban Institute and a team of policy advisors, is leading a groundbreaking, two-year research and policy initiativeThe first part of our study, which is available now, reveals that segregation holds back the entire Chicago region's economy and potential, costing all of us.

In the second phase of the study, we will work with advisors to identify solutions for creating an integrated, equitable and economically stronger metropolitan Chicago. We will develop and model housing, transportation, economic, health, safety and education policy interventions that set us on the path toward less segregation, greater equity and a more productive economy. These policies will define a future city, county and regional advocacy agenda.

Benefits

Our work will point to policies that:


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Collaborators

Urban Institute

Funders

The Chicago Community Trust
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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