Segregation, poverty haunt Dallas

photo by Danny Fulgencio
photo by Danny Fulgencio

As Dallas celebrates new landmarks — Klyde Warren Park, the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, activation of the urban core — thousands of residents are left out.

“Dallas is still segregated, still impoverished,” the Rev. Zan Holmes Jr. said during a conference last week.

Most Dallasites living in poverty are concentrated into 32 neighborhoods, he said.

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Holmes’ remarks were part of the “What Makes a City Conference” from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Dallas is doing “amazing things” but has floundered for decades on major problems including education, segregation and poverty, he said.

“DISD is more segregated than ever,” he said. “How do we resolve these issues is our challenge.”

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