A few takeaways from this important piece:

1) the paradox that large-scale sweeping changes affecting similarly situated people more or less equally are actually EASIER to implement than timid tweaking that is perceived to burden a subset of people while others continue to enjoy the supposed benefits of exclusion. This is one of the reasons District 3’s limited middle-school integration plan generated more vociferous opposition than District 15’s more sweeping plan. In other words, BE BOLD.

2) New York City is different from other American cities with only 15% of land reserved for detached single-family dwellings. This is one of the many reasons that the opportunities for school integration are so rich here.

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Housing zones post from 6/18/19