How To Close Boston's 'Stubbornly Large' Homeownership Gap?

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Housing in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood (Soe Lin/Flickr)
Housing in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood (Soe Lin/Flickr)

Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it's a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called "A Nation Engaged," we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans.

When it comes to the wealth gap here in Greater Boston, it is amplified in a big way by race.

Last June, we asked this question about Boston: How is it that a city with one of the country's most robust economies is also the American city with the highest rate of income inequality? In that story, we met J'Neen Skinner, who'd made the transition from welfare to work.

But she told us about her struggles and about one of the major goals for her family: a kitchen table.


Barry Bluestone, senior research associate at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He tweets @BarryBluestone.

This segment aired on September 22, 2016.


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