Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Housing in the United States

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Housing Policy and Suburbanization: An Analysis of the Changing Quality and Quantity of Black Housing in Suburbia since 1950

Christopher Silver


Introduction

Suburbanization has been a process associated with urban growth since the nineteenth century ( Singleton, 1973). In the past four decades, however, the excessively rapid pace of suburbanization has transformed the entire fabric of metropolitan life in the United States. The sum effect of this metamorphosis has been the "urbanization of the suburbs" or, as Muller ( 1981: x) puts it, the creation of an "outer city." According to Muller ( 1981: x), this "outer city" boasts not only the greatest share of the metropolitan populace but has all but "eliminated the regional economic dominance of the central city by attracting a critical mass of leading urban activities to relocate to the outer ring." Recently released evidence from the 1980 census indicates that the migration from city to suburbs and nonmetropolitan areas during the 1970s far exceeded the rate during the 1960s. The overall net migration loss for cities was 13 million of which 10 million persons were absorbed by the suburbs ( Tucker, 1984). Moreover, the decentralization phenomenon affected some of the older fringe suburban communities and housing conditions, bestowing upon them demographic characteristics previously associated with deteriorating core city communities ( Long and DeAre, 1981).

In the wake of this metropolitan demographic development and changing housing conditions, the suburbs have taken on a new and diverse social character not in keeping with traditional perceptions. Berry ( 1973) concept of a "mosaic culture" in which homogeneous communities persist to offer residents distinctly different lifestyles still supplies an accurate portrayal of suburban society. Yet increasingly observable in the population

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Ethnic Studies Series Editor: Leonard W. Doob ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figure and Tables ix
  • Foreword xv
  • Series Foreword xvii
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Introduction xxi
  • References xxiv
  • 1: A Historical Review of Changes in Public Housing Policies and Their Impacts on Minorities 1
  • Introduction 1
  • Conclusion 14
  • References 15
  • 2: Racial Inequalities in Housing: An Examination of Recent Trends 19
  • Introduction 19
  • Notes 36
  • Acknowledgments 36
  • References 37
  • 3: Racial Inequalities in Home Ownership 39
  • Notes 50
  • References 51
  • 4: Blacks and the American Dream of Housing 53
  • References 65
  • 5: Housing Policy and Suburbanization: An Analysis of the Changing Quality and Quantity of Black Housing in Suburbia since 1950 69
  • Introduction 69
  • Conclusion 83
  • References 85
  • 6: The Housing Conditions of Black Female-headed Households: A Comparative Analysis 89
  • Acknowledgments 107
  • References 108
  • 7: Accessibility to Housing: Differential Residential Segregation for Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asians 109
  • Introduction 109
  • References 125
  • 8: Su casa no es mi casa: Hispanic Housing Conditions in Contemporary America, 1949- 1980 127
  • Notes 143
  • References 144
  • 9: American Indian Housing: An Overview of Conditions and Public Policy 147
  • Acknowledgments 174
  • References 174
  • 10: Housing Problems of Asian Americans 177
  • References 193
  • 11: Minority Housing Needs and Civil Rights Enforcement 195
  • Introduction 195
  • Conclusions 209
  • Notes 211
  • Acknowledgments 212
  • Selected Bibliography 217
  • Index 221
  • About the Contributors 223
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