In this brief, we examine how race remains relevant to the everyday lives and experiences of residents in three mixed-income communities in Chicago—Oakwood Shores, Park Boulevard, and Westhaven Park. Based on interviews and focus groups with residents and professional stakeholders, we find that concerns about “ghetto culture” continue to inform in the attitudes of many higher-income, non-black homeowners and development professionals in these contexts. The relative privilege and power these groups have to establish and enforce norms, policies, and rules leads to challenging interracial dynamics at the developments. We also find complex intraracial dynamics at play in these communities. Relocated public housing residents and other low-income black renters experience targeting and marginalization from black, as well as non-black, neighbors.
This brief is based on a longer paper, “The Enduring Significance of Race in Mixed-Income Communities” (Khare, Joseph and Chaskin), Urban Affairs Review, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1078087414537608).
CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Principal Investigators: Robert Chaskin, PhD; Mark Joseph, PhD