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Addison Overcrowding

devise.qxd Jordan Marsh’s cover story “Targeted for Removal?” (October 23) rightly ponders the reasons behind the settlement, and nontrial, of the Addison lawsuit, characterized by Marsh as the “largest and most contentious housing-discrimination case in recent history.” But Marsh wrongly implies a conspiracy of silence between the Department of Justice and the Addison defendants. A […]

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Orfield’s Maps

devise.qxd Re: “The Great Divide” [January 31] Harold Henderson’s carefully researched review of Myron Orfield’s “Chicago Regional Report” to the MacArthur Foundation offers a mixed bag of praise and criticism for the author and sponsor, some of it undeserved. Orfield is praised for producing “stunning,” easily readable maps of suburban fiscal and economic disparities in […]

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Self-Segregation

To the editors: Douglas Massey is right on the mark in his conclusions that Chicago and other large cities remain highly segregated and that segregated black communities tend to self-destruct [“Apartheid American-Style”]. But his message is marred by oversimplification, exaggeration, and unpersuasive evidence. An example of all three flaws assaults the reader in the third […]

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Skids Row

To the editors: Ann R. Markusen offers an expose-style new version of the often-told tale of Chicago’s economic decline [“City on the Skids,” November 24]. Much of what she has to say about the city’s economic ills is cogent and trenchant. But Markusen’s objectivity is tempered by exaggerations and devil-theory explanations, culminating in a prescription […]