Something free to do tonight:Leonard Pitts speaks at UD

Leonard is on a crusade- to figure out what works in changing young black peoples lives around.
He’ll be speaking tonight at UD- for free. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there.

His column appears in the Dayton Daily News – he’s one of my favorite editorial writers.

University of Dayton – Distinguished Speaker Series
Leonard Pitts
Author of “Betrayal of Trust”
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
8:00 p.m. Kennedy Union Ballroom

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I had the pleasure to listen to Mr. Pitts speak in D.C. He writes some of the best commentary there is nowdays.

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2 Things “work”: Deconcentrating Poverty (David Rusk), and leading a virtuous life (Gregg Easterbrook):

“No policy would have a greater impact than mandating “fair share” mixed-income housing as a modest proportion of all new developments. Across metropolitan America there are twice as many poor whites as there are poor blacks or poor Hispanics. Poor whites, however, rarely live in poverty-impacted neighborhoods. Only one of four poor
whites lives in a neighborhood where poverty rates exceed 20 percent (and 1 of 20 in neighborhoods with poverty rates higher than 40 percent).

By contrast, the numbers are reversed for poor minorities. Three of four poor blacks (and half of poor Hispanics) live in poverty-impacted neighborhoods-and one-third of poor blacks live in high-poverty neighborhoods. This racially skewed concentration of poverty drives up crime rates, drives down local school test scores, depresses local property values and often drives up tax rates of
fiscally stressed city governments.

Yet research demonstrates that “mainstreaming” poor minorities into middle class communities (as most poor whites are) slashes crime and delinquency, boosts school performance, narrows the “segregation tax” that minority homeowners pay in the value of their homes and eases fiscal burdens on city governments.

Mixed-income housing proposals, however, run into many Americans’ deepest fears about race and class and are hardest to achieve politically.

“Inside Game/Outside Game” argues that urban sprawl is the issue around which the most potent coalition can be built”.
David Rusk, (2003) Inside Game, Outside Game.

Economic Benefits of the Virtuous Life
“Statistics show that in order to avoid becoming poor in the United States, you must do three things: graduate from high school, marry after the age of twenty, and marry before you have your first child. Only 8% of those who do these three things become poor as adults, whereas 79% of poor adults have failed to do these three things.”
Gregg Easterbrook, The Progress Paradox