Chicago area pays steep price for segregation, study finds, Kathy Bergen, Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2017, available here
The Chicago region's deeply entrenched patterns of segregation extract a steep price in lost lives and unrealized economic growth, according to a study to be unveiled Tuesday.
The seven-county area's murder rate could be cut by 30 percent, its economy could churn out an additional $8 billion in goods and services and its African-American residents could earn another $3,000 a year if it could reduce racial and economic segregation to the median level for the nation's largest metro areas.
And 83,000 more residents could have earned bachelor's degrees, spurring another $90 billion in collective lifetime earnings.
Those were the findings of a study by the Metropolitan Planning Council, a Chicago-based public policy research group, and the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank.