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More Links of the Day:

– There’s a cool mapping tool that plots diversity in the 53 largest metro areas in the country. The maps use 2010 census information.

The color code is:

  • Dark Orange – predominantly white
  • Light Orange – moderately white
  • Dark Green – predominantly black
  • Light green – moderately black
  • Light purple – moderately Latino
  • Brown – high diversity

The above maps clearly show how the Rochester area has gotten more racially diverse over the past two decades. They also show shifts in diversity. But the Rochester maps show what many other cities show. Atlantic Cities writes:

…many cities are seeing an increase in integrated neighborhoods and an increase in segregated ones at the same time.

It’s important to look at racial and economic segregation because of the impact on housing, education and society at large.

– Rochester police sent an email to community leaders about East End and South Wedge street robberies, as well as the theft of Hondas. Why wasn’t this information sent to the media? To rely on neighborhood leaders – wonderful as they are – to issue alerts to residents, is not efficient or reliable.

The conspiracy theorist in me says the city doesn’t want to alarm anyone about East End muggings during the Jazz Festival, but I could be wrong.

The brothers who run Constellation Brands get a pretty hefty booze allowance.

Why are American children so spoiled?

3 Responses to We’re More Diverse…and More Segregated

  1. June 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm RaChaCha responds:

    Great info about the diversity maps!

    On the crime stats, it’s been a tradition as long as I was involved in neighborhood/community leadership in Rochester that community policing officers for various parts of the city would put the crime reports together and email them to whomever was designated for that part of the city (for example, in the SE quadrant, they would go to Joanne Balliot of SEAC). Then whoever received the reports would send them to their email list (neighborhood association leaders, sector officers, district councilmembers, & others who got on the email list). Some neighborhood and sector leaders would, in turn, pass the information along to their email lists. Some wouldn’t. Some would just discuss the crime reports at community meetings with whomever happened to be there.

    I never liked the system much, myself. No quality control or standards across the city, and too many places for the process to break down. Actually, it was less like a “system” and more like the information was being provided almost as a favor.

    And like many things the City’s Bureau of Neighborhood Initiatives did (keeping in mind I’ve been gone over three years and things have changed), they often failed in the “last mile” — at the neighborhood association level. For too many years, City Hall’s assumption was that if they pushed information out to their (often woefully out-of-date) database of official contacts for each neighborhood association, those folks would, in turn, dutifully pass it along to the neighborhood. But in more cases than not, it just didn’t happen.

    A better system would be to allow residents to simply self-subscribe (say, at an RPD or City Hall website) to crime reports for their neighborhood or sector of the city, as well as a telephone and/or text message system for alerts in their area.

  2. June 26, 2012 at 1:58 am lynn e responds:

    Don’t know if you have read The Warmth of Many Suns by Isabel Wilkerson yet,but you should. It is about the Great Migration and I have taken long time reading it but love the book so. Right now I’m reading about the effects of white flight on the Southside of Chicago and riots after Martin Luther King’s assassination. The rioters were mainly young men, born in the North who found themselves stuck in bad jobs, if they had any, bad neighborhoods and poor schools. Situations that the parents had fled the South to escape but found subtlety happening in the North as they moved in.

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