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Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world-class city". The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, a vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds, and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago.

The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities - including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore - can fight over that mantle, it's clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major US cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, all groups clustered in their various turfs.

In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the lives of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. The South Side shows the important impact of Chicago's historic segregation and the ongoing policies that keep it that way.

©2016 Natalie Y. Moore (P)2016 Tantor

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This is a must book!

This book chronicles the story of urban America and Black America against the backdrop of one of the most important and historic communities in this country.

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Eyeopening!

Natalie Y Moore did an incredible job with writing this book. this book provides the reader with fact based thought thought-provoking information.

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  • Alexis
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  • 01-17-18

A good book but needs editing

I am a big fan of Natalie Moore and love her work on our local NPR station however I felt that thus book needed some additional editing. It felt a bit uneven and repeated material from previous chapters rather than just referencing that material. It was almost as if each chapter was a stand alone piece rather than a whole book. That being said, this was a well researched examination of segregation in Chicago from the perspective of someone who grew up and works in Chicago and I really enjoyed the book.

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Excellent read about Chgo segregation

Enjoyed it! I had to read it for class and finished it within a week as well as reading the book. I learned more about segregation and some of the factors that make it up.

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Important material but needs editing.

Came across as a series of newspaper or magazine articles. Point of story is good but a little redundant.