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The Divided City

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There's no shortage of lenses for viewing urban segregation. One angle is class division— the topic that the Atlantic Cities' Richard Florida has made a living talking about. He's at it again, presenting local census data on geographic class division in several major cities. The third installment features Chicago and, boy-oh-boy, it ain't a pretty picture. Cleaving closely to racial divides is the organization of service ($31,000 per capita metro average), blue-collar working ($40,000), and creative classes ($75,000). The creative class is rising but not as fast as the service class. And sadly, the working class, which once epitomized stability and security, is in decline. The blogger's station in life remains a mystery. [Atlantic Cities]