Beyond Busing

New Evidence on the Impact of Metropolitan School Desegregation on Housing Segregation
  • Diana Pearce


Wilmington is one of the first large Northern cities to desegregate its schools on a metropolitan basis. But is not the first city1 to have metropolitan school desegregation. Particularly in the South, where school systems are often organized on a countywide basis, many urban communities have had areawide school desegregation since the early seventies. The experiences of these cities, in the South as well as elsewhere, can be a guide and prospectus as to Wilmington’s future. In this chapter, I will focus on the impact of metropolitan school desegregation on housing patterns. The question I will address is whether the elimination of segregation in the schools of an urban community results in less segregated housing.


Census Tract Housing Market School Enrollment Residential Segregation School Desegregation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Pearce
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  1. 1.Center for National Policy ReviewCatholic University School of LawUSA

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