Huffington Post Highlights Social Explorer’s Segregation Mapping Tools by Sydney Beveridge
In “How Segregated Is Your Community? Find Out Here,” The Huffington Post highlights Remapping the Debate’s article about segregation and Social Explorer’s interactive mapping tools, which we announced on the blog last month. Dan Froomkin writes:
As the minority population in the United States continues to grow, the nation is, in aggregate, getting more diverse. But at the street level, it’s often a different story.
Now, a new web-based tool offers members of the general public a visually dramatic, incredibly granular look at the racial composition of their communities, almost at the block by block level.
And the sad fact is that in most U.S. cities there are effectively boundaries, on either side of which people of different backgrounds live mostly with people like themselves.
“Segregation is an issue today, even though a lot of people prefer to think that it’s not,” said Craig Gurian. “When you look at this map, it’s much harder to deny this very fundamental reality about American society.”
The maps and analysis underscore critical questions about segregation in America, and just in time for Black History Month.
The Huffington Post story inspired more than 500,000 users to create segregation maps over the past two days. Click here to make one of your own.