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Racial and Economic Segregation in US Metro Regions: What Does It Cost in Lives, Income, and Human Potential?

Many American cities continue to be characterized by high levels of racial and economic segregation. Most discussions of segregation examine segregation’s effects on life outcomes and opportunities for people who live in communities characterized by high rates of poverty or who are predominantly African American or Latino. A study conducted by the Urban Institute, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, asks a different question: What does it cost us all to live so separately from each other by race and income?

This event will provide an opportunity for policymakers, employers, civic leaders, and funders to hear about the findings for the 100 most-populous metropolitan regions and dive into the striking findings for the Chicago region. The study identifies significant costs as “lost lives, lost income, and lost potential.” Policy topics to be addressed include housing, land use, transportation, violence reduction, and economic mobility.



  • Ianna Kachoris, Senior Program Officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Visiting Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)
  • Marisa Novara, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Rolf Pendall, Codirector, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Erika Poethig, Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute
  • Joanna Trotter, Senior Program Officer, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Washington-Area Research Initiative, Urban Institute 



For inquires regarding this event, please contact [email protected].


Date & Time Friday, July 14, 2017
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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  • Nonresident Fellow
  • Senior Director, Urban–Greater DC