Why are so many metropolitan areas, including Kansas City, hypersegregated? Explain what
hyper segregation is and how it can be measured. What factors led to hyper segregation?
Assignment B: The Relationship Between Social Inequality and Cities Due: Monday, May 5
Inequality has been the theme of this course. This assignment requires you to think about inequality and draw
upon course materials to answer three questions in essay format.
Directions: Answer each of the following questions in a one‐page essay. The topics you are required to
address are bold. We provide suggestions on how you might answer these questions in italics.
1. Why are so many metropolitan areas, including Kansas City, hypersegregated? Explain what
hyper segregation is and how it can be measured. What factors led to hyper segregation? What kind of
issues arise with this condition? Consider discussing blockbusting and racial covenants or other forms of
structural inequality (KC articles).
2. What is inequality and how is it reflected in urban poverty? Consider discussing how poverty is measured,
where poverty is concentrated and the impact of concentrated poverty. Consider discussing what occurs when
gentrification and poverty are in the same geographic area (Dasani article in NY Times).
3. How has suburbanization affected metropolitan inequality? What is suburbanization? How has the
building of suburbs and transportation systems affected inequality both in suburbs and in the central city
area? Consider discussing mobility or environmental justice in metropolitan inequality (Majora Carter).
Directions continued: You must use at least two sources outside the class textbook and class lectures; you
may only use sources in the Assignment B Readings folder on Blackboard. You must use sources to answer
each question. You are required to properly cite all sources using in‐text citations or footnotes and a single
bibliography. You can use whatever citation style you choose, but you must do so consistently and accurately.
You must submit to the dropbox on Blackboard by 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5. Submissions after this time will
automatically lose 4 points per day until we close the dropbox. You are limited to one submission, so please
review your work before submitting it. No submissions will be accepted by email or in hard copy.
We will use Turnitin to assist us in assessing the originality of your work. If you are suspected of plagiarism,
you will receive a zero on the assignment and be turned into the Dean’s office for violation of the academic
code. You are responsible for properly attributing all information. “I didn’t know” is not an acceptable
defense. You can brainstorm with other students, but all written work must be your own.
Formatting: All three questions should be submitted in a single document. Answer each question under an
appropriate heading. The document should be formatted with the following: margins should be 1” all around,
a standard font size, double spacing, and place your name and “Assignment B” in the header of the document.
Do not waste space with a block of extra identifying information. Each question should be about a page (yes,
you can go over, but going under will result in a grade deduction). Format all the sources you used for the
three questions into one bibliography at the end of the document.
|Academic Level||High school|
|Number of Pages||3 Page(s)/825 words|