What concerns me, certainly in a place like Chicago, is that there is certainly not going to be enough housing to house all those people, families that have been displaced. My fear is that the poor are being shunted further aside, and in places like Chicago we are replicating what happened in Western Europe, where the very poor kind of ring the city, almost like a wreath. In Western Europe, it is the new immigrants, in a place like Chicago it is African Americans and Latinos.

The outstanding Rust Belt-oriented blog Rust Wire talks with Alex Kotlowitz.