Tom Angotti is professor emeritus at Hunter College and The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He is author of New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, Zoned Out! and other books on planning and urban development.
We should have known better. The Kerner Commission taught us that race matters most, not place. But it also embedded in our psyches the equation of Black = central city and the similarly absolute equation of white = suburbs.