Matthew Desmond

“When tenements began appearing in New York City in the mid-1800s, rent in the worst slums was 30 percent higher than in uptown. In the 1920s and ’30s, rent for dilapidated housing in the black ghettos of Milwaukee and Philadelphia and other northern cities exceeded that for better housing in white neighborhoods. As late as 1960, rent in major cities was higher for blacks than for whites in similar accommodations.11 The poor did not crowd into slums because of cheap housing. They were there—and this was especially true of the black poor—simply because they were allowed to be. Landlords”


Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
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