More Links of the Day:
Although a recent study found America is less racially segregated than ever before, there are places where it persists. In some of those places, there is a significant “opportunity gap.”
The Urban Land Institute ranked 100 metropolitan areas based on black-white equality. The study measured residential segregation, income, employment, school test scores and home ownership.
Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse ranked in the bottom ten.
Here’s Rochester’s report card:
Overall: F | 92nd
Residential Segregation: D
Neighborhood Income Gap: F
School Test Score Gap: D
Employment Gap: F
Home ownership Gap: D
The Atlantic points out the study doesn’t take into account the different sizes and lifestyles of each metro area.
But I’m glad this study went a little further than the Manhattan Institute study that looked at residential segregation. That study proclaimed our country is less segregated than ever. As I blogged recently, the data showed only slightly more integration in Rochester. It certainly feels segregated here. This study shows it is – and points out possible consequences.
– What’s up with Syracuse’s school superintendent? She proposed a budget with a 12 percent increase – unheard of in these tough fiscal times. If that’s not shocking enough, her budget has a $35 million hole and she has no idea how to fill it.
– Kodak has a big bankruptcy hearing next Wednesday. The court filings show everyone is lining up to get their piece of the pie. They also suggest Kodak could be having a hard time with vendors right now.
– Rochester’s ShotSpotter program has a shockingly low return on investment. More than 3,000 activations led to only six arrests.
– Save the Crows! Here’s my story on the Facebook group protesting the city’s crow removal. My favorite line: “They’re birds. Let birds be birds.”