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2018 October

The Color of Power

How Local Control over the Siting of Affordable Housing Shapes America

By Kate Walz & Patricia Fron

Some cities, such as Chicago, have power structures that allow hyperlocal control over the siting of affordable housing—and maintain racial segregation of residential housing as a result. Advocates can push for structural changes that can curb this power and reduce racial segregation. These changes include citywide comprehensive planning, racial equity impact assessments, centralized zoning, and annual training on racial equity and affirmatively furthering fair housing.

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