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Widening Inequalities

Why is it becoming easier for the wealthy to segregate from the poor?

Good morning. Widening Inequalities of Place: Wealth & Poverty Class 4.

This week’s class explores why geographic segregation by wealth and race has been on the rise. The trend is causing inequality to widen in particularly divisive ways. To be rich in today’s America means never having to come in contact with anyone who isn’t. To be poor in today’s America means being trapped on islands of poverty from which escape has become especially difficult.

The questions we’ll focus on today: Why is it becoming easier for the wealthier to segregate from the poorer within a nation? What forms does this segregation take in addition to geographical? What are the consequences? Is this much different from a nation as a whole cutting itself off from others around the world who are poorer?

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