Online First: From Breaking Down Barriers to Breaking Up Communities The Expanding Spatial Strategies of Fair Housing Advocacy

From Breaking Down Barriers to Breaking Up Communities

The Expanding Spatial Strategies of Fair Housing Advocacy

  1. Edward G. Goetz1

  1. 1University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  1. Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota, 301, 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. Email: egoetz@umn.edu

Abstract

This article offers a critique of developments within fair housing thought in the United States that have brought it into conflict with community development approaches to high-poverty, segregated urban neighborhoods. I argue that the spatial strategies of Fair Housing have expanded from an initial orientation toward opening up the suburbs to nonwhite occupancy to efforts aimed at breaking up communities of color in central areas. The shifting gaze of Fair Housing toward neighborhoods of concentrated poverty has manifest itself in both a criticism of and opposition to affordable housing programs in central areas and support for what Chicago Fair Housing Attorney Alexander Polikoff calls the “radical surgery” of displacement and demolition of existing communities of color.

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