Dallas Has More "Income Segregation" Than Almost Any Other City in the Country

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Anna Merlen
As recent history has shown, pockets of intense poverty often lead to situations like this.
The recent police shooting on Dixon Circle and the circumstances surrounding provided a reminder, if one was needed, that Dallas has large pockets of extremely concentrated poverty. As CitySquare's Gerald Britt wrote, average income in that particular ZIP code is $8,000 per year and has all the problems one associates with extreme urban poverty. And Jim reminded us that, not very far away, are similarly isolated pockets of fabulous wealth.

It's timely, then, that the Pew Research Center just released a study showing that Dallas is second only to Houston in terms of residential income segregation or, to put it more simply, rich people living with other rich people and poor people living with other poor people. And it's a trend that has accelerated quickly during the past three decades, growing by 50 percent by Pew's measure.

Pew didn't analyze why some cities are more segregated by income than others, but the potential contributing factors it posits are about what you'd expect: "historical settlement patterns; local housing policies, zoning laws, real estate practices and migration trends; and the characteristics of the local economy and workforce." And the trend in Dallas has likely been exacerbated by "an influx of low-skill, low-wage immigrants from south of the border."

The study also doesn't delve into the effects of the increased segregation, though the negative impact of living in an are well established: More crime, worse schools, poorer health, etc. But it's not all doom and gloom. After all, as the study notes, the country is still much more segregated by race.


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SueY
SueY

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/section-archives/125th-anniversary/headlines/20100515-at-its-peak-ku-klux-klan-gripped-dallas.ece 

 

 

"Of those 160,000 residents, more than 13,000 belonged to the Klan, the highest per capita of any city in the country. Dallas journalist and historian Darwin Payne, who has written extensively about the KKK in Dallas, has estimated that "after discounting ineligible groups such as women, children and minorities, the membership presumably represented about one out of three eligible men in Dallas. 

Nationwide, between 4 million and 5 million belonged to the Klan. Dallas Klan No. 66, according to the KKK itself, was the nation's largest chapter."

 

"Over the last few elections, candidates backed by the Kluxers had won control of City Hall and the county courthouse. The city police commissioner and the county sheriff were Klansmen."

pak152
pak152

and it took the Pew Research Center to tell us what we already knew ie that po'folk live near other po'folk and rich folk live near rich folk. nothing new here been going on for centuries.

Using the term segregation is inflammatory to say the least.  I can imagine visions of dogs, fire hoses, and burning crosses filled the heads of the folks at NPR and the DO

 

tell me something new

BillP
BillP

"Despite the rise in income segregation, it remains less pervasive than residential racial segregation, according to Pew."

ObserverIsWhiteGuilt
ObserverIsWhiteGuilt

Move to that neighborhood where the cracky homey got shot by the cop, white-guilt libtard Eric Nicholson.

ObserverIsWhiteGuilt
ObserverIsWhiteGuilt

The races are not equal.  Nothing on Earth is equal to anything else.  Wake up to reality, white-guilt libtard.

James080
James080

Another DO story ripped form the headlines of the Dallas Morning News. Nice work.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

I'd love to see a spreadsheet detailing the money and time donated to charity by The Observer and it's staff.

BillP
BillP

Income is not a proxy for race. Segregation is segregation! Many bad actors created this horrible situation. 

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

How come affluent white liberals don't move to the poor neighborhoods they fetishize so much? Stop moving to North Oak Cliff and start moving to Cedar Crest-- you can still take the DART rail from your shitty apartment! That's if you can make it to the station without being robbed.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

Is criminal behavior an effect of being poor or is poverty a symptom of a criminal mindset?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Can the suburbs be blamed somehow? 

 

He asks sarcastically.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Those who just cannot stand living around white people, stay.  It is a place where racism is the dominant factor in migration shifts (or refusing to move).  Ward politics and gerrymandering also contribute to block in-migration of any ethnicity other than the dominant one since (as in this town) representation is structured and encouraged solely along race lines. (See: all the blather over at the Dallas Morning News opinion-crafting).  It is why Dallas did not benefit from all the in-migration over the last census period.  And the only reason why we didn't lose population is because the illegals replaced the blacks as they left town.  

 

Used to be this way with the Grove Rats.  Only the lowbrow whites wanted to live there.

 

Those who can tolerate other races don't mind moving to where the jobs and better schools are.  The burbs also embrace other races in their self-governance.  

 

You may be stopped in Highland Park for driving while black, but you can get you ass kicked or worse in Fair Park solely because of the color of your skin.  And everybody knows what I'm talking about.  And that includes new arrivals from Africa.

 

Hello Great Society legislation (and the sinister effects there of).

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Let's see poor people live around other poor people and rich people live around other rich people, OK.

 

At Dixon Circle there is an allegedly "known drug house", why nothing was done about it is beyond me.

 

But it raises the question, are poor people living there because of the drug house; or, is the drug house there because of the poor people.

 

I do know one thing for certain, if I have the economic resources to decide whether or not I am living next to a drug house, guess what, I am not living next to a drug house.

Los_Politico
Los_Politico

If you read all the way to the bottom of the page, Eric, you will see that Dallas is 3rd in the nation, not second.* It would be just as powerful to report the study correctly.

 

*Dallas was 2nd of the ten largest metros (which somehow doesn't include the Bay Area), but 3rd of the broader, "30 largest metros" metric.

BettyC1
BettyC1

 @SueY

 Still winning elections in 2012 and beyond.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @ObserverIsWhiteGuilt you should look up "redundant"  or, perhaps you're too limited to come up with novel claims.  you're worse than my 6 yr old daughter that will retell a joke her brother just told.  She moves to other thoughts more quickly than you. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @James080 some think tank did the study.  I heard it yesterday on NPR.  Another DMN story stolen from NPR, i guess.

robbysalz
robbysalz

 @keeponcarryinon well they're certainly donating to the community by reporting what's going on around town...what was your point...?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @BillP come on, we all know only N lovers would repeat this story.   (/sarcasm)

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @keeponcarryinon White Liberals are there and in other areas. Why don't *YOU* move on over. GOPers have all the guns, What are you afraid of?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @keeponcarryinon actually, East Dallas, West Dallas are both full of white liberals.  Where as North Dallas and the suburbs are generally more conservative.  So, way to make a inaccurate point.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx actually the study found a great reduction in racial segregation, the article and study found segregation by INCOME.  Way to utterly miss the point.

ceepee
ceepee

 @holmantx Shut the hell up, you know absolutely nothing about this particular area (Dixon). Right across Scyene is a great little neighborhood called Parkdale, made up of a whole bunch of different people (white, black, brown, gay, old, liberal, conservative, rich, poor, etc) and we all band together and work VERY hard to make our neighborhood a great place to live, and it is. At least when the thuglets aren't out breaking into our homes and cars, but we have a pretty active Crime Watch. There is nothing that will band together a community more than the threat of crime. And since we all live so close to Fair Park and drive by it day-in-day-out, we're pretty aware of the so-called "dangers" and I don't know of one single person from my neighborhood who has ever had their ass kicked just because of the color of their skin. Maybe you should learn a little bit more about the neighborhoods in Dallas before you decide to comment on them. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Los_Politico Can't count the Bay Area, it's enlightened and liberal.  You are only allowed to count low-brow (blue metro areas in) red states.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

 @robbysalz How is that a donation? Last I checked this wasn't any kind of non-profit company. So what was YOUR point.

BillP
BillP

 @scottindallas There has not been a reduction of racial segregation in Dallas over the last ten years. Trust me. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @ceepee I've long enjoyed going down South, best BBQ and soulfood in town is down there.  I'm blonde and freckled, and never had a problem.  I've had car trouble down there on more than one occasion and found those folk to be far more helpful than in North Dallas

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @BillP The study looked at the last 30 years.  And, you'd also be incorrect.  The suburbs are much more diverse  racially than they were 20 years ago.   But, the segregation is economic, not racial.  If nothing else real estate laws have ameliorated the situation.  Trust me, I know too.  43 years in this city.   Hell, McShan probably has some white families on it today. 

ceepee
ceepee

 @keeponcarryinon  @scottindallas  @ceepee Dude, I am not "slumming it". I bought my house nearly 13 years ago and there was a neighborhood association and I joined it and then I discovered the many different types of people. I am the second owner of my home, as are many in my generation and that is generally referred to as a stable neighborhood. There are people who live in nice neighborhoods that aren't criminals who live south of I-30 and not in Pleasant Grove. Parkdale, Bunckner Terrace, Urbandale, Greenwood Terrace, Piedmont. We all use Scyene to get out of our neighborhoods to get to work, or the grocery store, etc. We pass by Dixon and Owenwood and Jubilee and Fair Park every day and we've never been in danger. You are an idiot.  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @keeponcarryinon I used to take a co-worker home and we'd toss back a few suds after work.  He showed me some terrific restaurants and I've since found a few on my own.  That's not slumming it.  If you like Jamaican food you should try Elaine's Kitchen on MLK, it's not slumming at all.  I take my wife and kids there almost weekly.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

 @scottindallas  @ceepee How come whitey always has an anecdote about going to some rough area to slum it?

 

Do you really think that disproves the reality?

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