Middle class exodus increases economic segregation in cities
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
A study by the Brookings Institution finds a dramatic change in the economic makeup of American cities that has occurred in recent decades. As the middle class leaves urban areas, it leaves behind a polarized society of rich and poor. Where are middle class people going, what's causing this trend, and what does this mean for the health and social cohesion of cities? Host Tom Fudge speaks with one of the studies authors and the director of planning for the City of San Diego.
- George Galster is a professor of urban affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. He co-authored a report by the Brookings Institution called "Where did they go: The decline of middle income neighborhoods in metropolitan America."
- William Anderson is director of city planning and community investment for the City of San Diego.