Kirwan Institute’s research on housing segregation mentioned in the Toledo Blade

Most of Brand Whitlock’s ex-residents staying in Toledo

Toledo Blade Daily Newspaper – News Story February 27, 2012

Featured expert: Jason Reece, research director at Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.

Jason Reece

… When families can’t move to neighborhoods with better opportunities, that harms the entire region, said Jason Reece, a senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.

“What is the societal cost of denying those folks their rights and keeping them in those [low opportunity] neighborhoods? Every bit of research in the last half century shows us that those kids are going to struggle … The societal cost to that is huge.” When vast numbers of children struggle in central-city neighborhoods and don’t receive a good education, “a place like Toledo is not going to be able to compete. And that’s not just the inner city’s problem. That is the region’s problem,” Mr. Reece said.

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