Gregory D. Squires

Gregory D. Squires
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Gregory D. Squires is a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology at George Washington University. He is on the board of the National Housing Institute, publisher of Shelterforce.
On an overpass over a highway, people hold a lighted sign that reads "End the New Jim Crow."

False Equivalency on Race, Once Again

The inability to distinguish policies explicitly designed to oppress and exploit people because of their race with efforts to ameliorate those barriers and liberate people of color is troubling.

The Real Social Engineering Ben Carson Needs to Address

HUD is the nation’s primary enforcer of the Fair Housing Act. This is one obligation Ben Carson will assume...

All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores Its Modest Mission

Ever since its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been the focus of heated controversy, with banks...

Gramm Wrong, Again, on CRA

In an effort to undercut future public investment in the nation’s infrastructure, Phil Gramm, former chair of the Senate...

The Costs of “Moving On”

In his recent New York Times op-ed, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks says declining mobility is a...

Washington, D.C., and the Future of Equitable Development

For three consecutive years, ONE DC and George Washington University have come together to examine and respond to the various trajectories of uneven development...
Front of Wanda's Hair Salon in DC's Shaw neighborhood

Equitable Development in Shaw

A recent New York Times article on the revitalization of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood highlighted how real estate developers have rebranded the area to...

Place, Poverty, and Politics: A Growing Divide

Relocation or reinvestment? This longstanding debate has been reignited by recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson and many other cities, and the release of a...

My House Is Worth What?!

The appraisal industry has a long, sordid history of discrimination, and bias still creeps into almost every step of the property assessment process today....

Occupy Wall Street: A New Wave of Fair Housing Activism?

Is there a new community reinvestment movement afoot?

Fair Treatment of Homeseekers Improves, But Still Needs Work

A realtor should never be instrumental in introducing into a neighborhood a character of property or occupancy, members...

4 Ways Critics of the Disparate Impact Doctrine Have Got It Wrong

On Feb. 8, 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a rule clarifying the circumstances under which certain housing practices may...

Adding to What We Know

The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income, by Richard Fry and Paul Taylor. Pew Research Center, August 2012.

Racial and Gender Diversity at the Top Is Good, But it Can’t Stop Greed

Last month Wells Fargo, the nation's largest home mortgage lender and fourth largest bank, agreed to pay at least $175 million to redress blatant...

Speculators, Not CRA, Leading to Black Area Foreclosures

Foreclosures continue to decimate communities around the nation, with black neighborhoods being the hardest hit. Some pundits and politicians point to federal policies that...

Beyond The Foreclosure Crisis: Bank Mistrust Could Forestall Recovery

The financial costs of the seemingly endless foreclosure crisis have been widely reported with Credit Suisse estimating that as many as 12 million families...

Next Target: Insurance Redlining

Bank reform offers a chance to address an under-the-radar form of redlining with the same sort of data disclosure HMDA requires about mortgage lending.

Are You An Advocate?

“Isn’t it true, Dr. Squires, that you are an advocate?” As an occasional expert for plaintiffs in fair housing lawsuits this is a question I...

Scapegoating Blacks for the Economic Crisis

A simple, yet likely powerful, explanation has now been offered for the subprime mortgage-lending and foreclosure problems that have fed the nation’s gravest economic...

A Fair Housing Agenda for 2008 and Beyond

With more than 3.7 million instances of housing discrimination occurring annually and segregation remaining a central feature of the nation’s housing markets, fair housing...

Abolishing HUD, Simplistic Solution to Complex Problems

A call to eliminate HUD will easily attract many right-wing politicos, and apparently others as well — and it is appealing. That said, while all...

Race and Class: Katrina vs. Iowa

Concentrated poverty and hypersegregation generate wide-ranging costs in almost every major U.S. city, particularly for less favored populations. New Orleans clearly fits this description....

Privileged Places

Race, Opportunity and Uneven Development in Urban America

Predatory Lending: Redlining in Reverse

The proverbial American dream of owning a home has become an all-too-real nightmare for a growing number of families. Take the case of Florence...