Places Journal to Continue Focus on Urban Inequality with a New Grant

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Apartment building in Gulfton, Houston; from “Houston’s Quiet Revolution,” by Michael Berryhill, part of “The Inequality Chronicles.” [Michael Stravato for Places Journal]

We are pleased to report that Places has been awarded a second grant from the Kresge Foundation to support our ongoing series, “The Inequality Chronicles,” dedicated to addressing the deep and growing economic stratification that defines our era.

As we continue the series, the challenges of inequality remain as pressing as ever. The presidential campaign now moving into its final season has been marked, from both left and right, by the palpable anxiety that social and economic disparities are limiting individual opportunity, undercutting the American dream, and threatening our democracy. “Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty,” writes Alana Semuels in The Atlantic, “the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.”

Following our earlier articles on Memphis, Houston, and Baltimore, the next installments will focus on three more cities grappling with persistent structural inequities —  Chicago, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. “The Inequality Chronicles” will continue to probe the stubborn legacies of institutionalized racism and spatial segregation, and push those who care deeply about the future of American cities to engage those issues vigorously.

On October 14, the Kresge Foundation will host the panel discussion, “Inequality in America’s Cities” in Detroit, inspired by the original Inequality Chronicles articles and featuring Angela BlanchardAlec MacGillis, Keith Owens, and Eric Robertson.