Does My Neighborhood Determine My Future?

1-Apr, 2021
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Housing policy in the United States has a long history of deepening segregation. Redlining, exclusionary lending, and targeted zoning laws have all played a role in isolating minority populations while simultaneously privileging white residents. Glad You Asked host Lee Adams wants to know how this happened, and what effect residential segregation has on your future.

  • This season on Glad You Asked, we turn a lens on how racial injustice impacts our everyday lives, from housing to education to technology. Watch the full season here: Want updates on our new projects and series? Sign up for the Vox video newsletter: For more information about housing discrimination and segregation, which we covered in this episode, visit our post on

    VoxVox12 kun oldin
  • The tree part resonated with me. When one looks at new orleans there is a noticeable difference in communities with trees and those without. All poor communities lack trees.

    how do I delete this nonsensehow do I delete this nonsense12 kun oldin
  • this guy is from vice doesnt he?

    Hector GonzalezHector Gonzalez12 kun oldin
  • Amerikkka

    Mathieu ThierryMathieu Thierry12 kun oldin
  • Can we have a glad you ask that isn't about racism. Im not trying to demean racism its a horrible thing in our society I just think it would also be nice to have a glad you asked about how expensive a moon colony would be. Could the U.S. afford unniversal healthcare just something like that. It would just seem nicer and not so negative all the time.

    Legend 28Legend 2812 kun oldin
  • I think you can live anywhere you want as long as you can afford it

    DomoDomo12 kun oldin
  • Best episode so far

    Walter BernuyWalter Bernuy12 kun oldin
  • You guys should do a video on growing up in small rural (especially Southern) areas vs. suburban and metropolitan areas.

    Pisces KeysPisces Keys12 kun oldin
  • We have the same problems in France. Ironically this situation comes from good intentions, in order to reduce shanty towns the French government invested heavily in subsidised housing in the 60s. However, most subsidised housing was built in the same neighbourhoods creating neighbourhoods with a huge concentration of crime and poverty. I lived in one, got mugged, some friends got held at gunpoint (this is super rare in France) and in my local market a person was killed (once again homicides are way less common in France than in the USA). Some change is coming slowly with the SRU law which obligates all towns to have at least 30% of housing to be social housing. But till then these neighbourhoods remain super unattractive and people living there feel as they have no future.

    Guillaume AugustoniGuillaume Augustoni12 kun oldin
  • These videos are amazing! Keep going, these stories need to be told - and most importantly, listened to!!!

    aKisforKataKisforKat12 kun oldin
  • I love this series and all of you guys....thank you SO much.

    Tim FridayTim Friday12 kun oldin
  • situation is same in india. in my area there is no single muslim family and it is the situation in whole india (can't say about educated places like mumbai and bangalore), flats are not available for muslims and where muslim and hindu areas meet politicians backed terrorist organisations like rss and hindu mahasabha create violence for spreading their propaganda. this situation is for middle class and muslims, super rich will find resident anywhere.

    Nothing NothingNothing Nothing12 kun oldin
  • Makes you wonder if this is just inevitable, no matter how hard we try to level the playing field for everyone. And if it is possible where would we even start?

    Corey WebbCorey Webb12 kun oldin
  • This is so true. I realized this with in first 2-3 years after moving to USA as an immigrant teen. I was blessed to be a in a good place and I could see how others had troubling past simply because where they grew up.

    SantoryuSantoryu12 kun oldin
  • I grew up in northern Virginia and now live in Chicago. There are neighborhoods in Chicago that Uber drivers don’t even dare to go during the daytime. I’m glad the Chicago Public Schools give opportunities for children anywhere to go to good schools where kids test in with somewhat of an affirmative action (lower cutoff scores for poorer neighborhoods). HOWEVER, children in some poor neighborhoods have to travel for like an hour to go to these schools, so many give up that opportunity. In addition, a lot of people in the poorer neighborhoods don’t even consider sending their children to better schools. In contrast, when I lived in northern Virginia I went to a magnet high school where some students willingly take two hour bus rides to attend school everyday (that’s four hours per day). There are so many hurdles that perpetuate the inequality. I hope we keep heading in the right direction.

    iamthirdytiamthirdyt12 kun oldin
  • 15:02 What would have made this good video much greater is providing the exact paper/providing more details as to how factors like these were controlled, like education. I can totally believe this premise and the evidence is staggering but if you are trying to make change especially with those more resistant to being open minded, you need to be transparent with the data you are presenting.

    D MuthD Muth12 kun oldin
  • okay in this video it's clear they are writing mirrored. HOW. Such Skill.

    PG Plays Video GamesPG Plays Video Games12 kun oldin
  • Is that a brass rat at 7:30?

    iamthirdytiamthirdyt12 kun oldin
  • I also grew up in northern Virginia, went to college in Boston, and now live in Chicago. I didn’t realize how few black people were in northern Virginia until I left. Getting out of your familiar environment can teach you more than books and school. Experience widens your outlook a lot.

    iamthirdytiamthirdyt12 kun oldin
  • Can you provide links to the studies you refer to and the researchers who appear on the show? Many people who are on the fence about this tend to ignore these videos because they're from Vox. But providing the actual sources would convince more people.

    macroxelamacroxela12 kun oldin
  • As a kid my parents were divorced and on welfare, but they worked hard to achieve decent jobs by my teens. Neighborhoods I grew up in were okay but not great in many cases, statistically. I qualified for and attended a head start program before kindergarten as, statistically apparently (class & minority), it was unlikely I'd succeed. Today, I'm 38 yrs old, happily married 13 years, and an engineer in aerospace. Bought a house recently w/ little down so will be paying off for some time. No student debt for me (wife does carry tho), but only because I worked 43-48 hrs a week through most of my college education and...wrecked my gut w/ amount of coffee/energy drinks I downed to keep up and alert, finding out from personal experience in college you can get withdrawal flu-like symptoms w/ vomiting by simply missing that morning cup of coffee. Shook the caffeine dependency today but still dealing with wicked acid reflex. As a kid I was not a very motivated student, then after close friends passed away far too young in our 20s, I felt like I had to be more than I was and...finished a BA in English and BS in Electrical Engineering w/ honors. I'd say I'm happy as anyone yet too often not. Lingering sense of guilt I can't explain very well. Feeling I squandered my adolescence. Feeling I lost a lot of quality years in my 20s-30s chasing a target that still feels unfulfilled even though I've surpassed any goals I might have thought possible in my youth. I'm well respected in my career, but I also feel like an imposter, especially when any recognition is given to my accomplishments. On paper I'd be impressed by where I am today, but from a personal perspective, I'm disappointed in myself.

    Sean AntioquiaSean Antioquia12 kun oldin
  • Wow...

    Baldwin xuBaldwin xu12 kun oldin
  • One nation, indivisible?, etc,etc,etc? America has never been. Dream on.

    Monk AmaniMonk Amani12 kun oldin
  • Is there a link for that zip code demo check?

    Alex MAlex M12 kun oldin
  • Once, Martin Luther King had a dream... Now, 60 years later, it's still a dream...

    Manuel HeftiManuel Hefti12 kun oldin
  • 5:55 - This moment is powerful. The face. I had to stop the video to appreciate it more.

    Claudiu StianClaudiu Stian12 kun oldin
  • Christopher's voice is extremely difficult to listen to. Gives me Kourtney Kardashian vibes

    MCR PhotographyMCR Photography12 kun oldin
  • thank you Vox for making this series. I now understand how I was fortunate as a black man growing up.

    TruthTruth12 kun oldin
  • Yes, the answer is yes

    james cognitojames cognito12 kun oldin
  • America is both advanced and behind in so many different ways.

    Joseph BrennanJoseph Brennan12 kun oldin
  • Will you guys be exploring how all this investment into low-income neighborhoods plays into concerns of gentrification?

    Rapahel CasasRapahel Casas12 kun oldin
  • The short answer is yes, you have to not only be determined, skilled, smart and Have the right people around you but you also have to be extremely lucky. So many people who are all of the above still don’t make it out of their circumstances.. kids on the honor roll with great attendance and all the extra curriculars that it would take to get into a prestigious university get gunned down everyday. Chance is the biggest factor that matters in regards to you making out of the community you were born into.

    brandon moranbrandon moran12 kun oldin
  • This is true of immigrants too. My parents won the visa lottery and came from Guatemala with their family (which included me). We ended up in one of the best counties in the U.S. with regards to public education, Montgomery County in Maryland, right outside D.C. And all because this was where we had our only family in the U.S.--my mom's second cousin removed. Otherwise my parents would've settled in a far more impoverished community, possibly in L.A., Houston or NYC. McLean is in Fairfax County, which is another really great county with a fabulous public school system. In any case, I had incredible experiences with regards to my public education. I was set for life. I only learned that Guatemalan immigrants didn't have these opportunities when I went away to a very elite college in New England. That's where I met two other Guatemalan immigrant children, struggling mightily with the academics and social dynamics of the place. I was having an easy time integrating. Why? Because they came from poor communities and deprived public schools in East L.A. To them this college was very alien, and alienating. I was used to the students in this college, to what the academic expectations were, so it wasn't much of a cultural shock to me. It was only then that I realized how lucky I was, just like the reporter at the beginning of this video. That I had won the geographic lottery.

    Luboman411Luboman41112 kun oldin
  • I'd live in a tent if all the "cheap" land wasn't in a HOA with high monthly fees.

    Arcana OctonusArcana Octonus12 kun oldin
  • I am so sorry for you guys in the US. It's the land of opportunities, but apparently something went very wrong. You abolished slavery, and then you created Amazon warehouses, where people work and earn too little to have a normal live. The money create incentives for politicians to support the big firms rather than the people. It is downright crazy!

    ihspanihspan12 kun oldin
  • I love the directness Adams has in this episode

    Mohammad MustafaMohammad Mustafa12 kun oldin
  • I guess where I grew up was as bad as low income Brooklyn or Washington DC, with 31% of the people living below the poverty line. The thing is that it's a majority white area. I never felt like it's held me back though. I'm an engineer now and if anything, being poor helped me pay for college.

    Robert JohannsonRobert Johannson12 kun oldin
  • Short answer, yes

    Joost GlasJoost Glas12 kun oldin
  • This was not completely new information for me, but it still made me sick to my stomach. African americans cannot win in this f*ing rigged game.

    Zivile BoeseZivile Boese12 kun oldin
  • I grew up in Northern Virginia too. Money is a crutch.

    Kevin HuynhKevin Huynh12 kun oldin
  • All this really hit home, especially the lead paint part, Baltimore had the same exact issue and a relative was a public school teacher and had of mine had so many students with learning disabilities or behavior issues that formed over time that were later attributed to lead paint poisoning smh. The neighborhood, plus the poisoning, plus lack of accessible amenities and the whole of the education system in the area not preparing students...most folks never really have a huge chance. I beat the odds, but under very specific circumstances, I’m so thankful for my mom and the way she navigated it all.

    M0 HereM0 Here12 kun oldin
  • I’m so glad your shedding light on this issue and I’m so glad you covered the systemic racism to in terms of policy makers etc. I believe racism’s latest facade is Racially biased algorithms, discriminating based on your name, postcode etc 👎🏽

    Retro RenRetro Ren12 kun oldin
  • I really like Lee as a host.

    Joe ColesJoe Coles12 kun oldin
  • I really appreciate the time, effort, and research made for this video. However, I feel the pacing of the video is way too fast. There are facts after facts being presented and not enough slow-paced stuff for viewers to process the information. For example, when that lady was talking about the lead poisoning of her children, I thought they could've let her speak longer instead of immediately following up with many questions. But I still enjoyed the video and thank you Vox for the great content!

    ProbablyAmanProbablyAman12 kun oldin
  • Open NY is not an affordable housing group. They’re a real estate developer front group. Please interview tenants’ unions and Housing Justice for All advocates who actually have to confront these problems. I understand their point on downzoning but their solutions literally contribute to racial displacement elsewhere and they actively oppose community development and attempts to take housing out of the speculative housing market and make it possible to repair lead without worrying about profit. And no, private firms are not providing affordable housing writ large.

    Robert SchuppRobert Schupp12 kun oldin
  • This is a great summary of a lot of research in this area. As a white man, I was surprised at how little we were taught in school about the continued structural racism in this country. At times, I still get angry about it because my views would have been drastically different years ago if I had taken the time to learn or be exposed to this. We are so quick to ignore the weight of history and ignore the sociological aspects of racism that influence not only minority communities but white communities as well. A common theme I've been learning about this topic is that we design systems that produce the outcomes we desire. Segregating communities is a self-fulfilling prophecy that white people often use to justify blaming the black community rather than years of political and institutional racism that we still enforce to this day.

    LJStabilityLJStability12 kun oldin
  • Just have to say I love this series!! Please continue~

    Aliya StimpsonAliya Stimpson12 kun oldin
  • What was the website the zip codes were put into? I really appreciate this informational video! Thank you for taking the time to research and create this!

    Holly GHolly G12 kun oldin
  • From my perspective, neighborhood can be more impactful than financial situation. My parents moved to an upper middle-class neighborhood (or it became more affluent over the years bc thats how the cali housing market works) in the San Gabriel after living most of their lives in the one most impoverished parts of Long Beach. Despite being the poorest person in most classrooms, I can definitely say that I would not be at the university of my caliber without the access to schools I have. The teachers paid for by neighborhood property taxes are passionate about their jobs and we had all the amenities/programs high school students desire. I'm in my last year of business school and in retrospect, I realize how lucky I truly am based off of zip code.

    Brian YikBrian Yik12 kun oldin
  • i am so shocked, and sad. where i live we have one family where the dad is a multimillionaire and me and my family are middle class, and there are people who dont have jobs and are supported by the government and we all live less than 1 mile from each other. our kids go to the same school, we buy groceries in the same shops. switzerland is nowhere near perfect, but it‘s shocking to hear that america is so, so much worse when it comes to racism and segregation. great video, made me question a lot of things.

    Nina KochNina Koch12 kun oldin
    • not many black people in Switzerland

      Shramik HShramik H12 kun oldin
  • Evanston now is one of the most expensive places to live in Chicago now, I would've like to see how the gentrification has changed over the years

    JovarJovar12 kun oldin
  • I grew up in a not too good environment. But i got some advantage because my mom is a teacher and the somewhat traditional people in that area respect teachers very much. So whenever i started doing bad things due to peer pressure, some older guys will quickly warns me: "you can't "[smoking, fighting, hanging out late, etc], you're a teacher's son"

    integerrandomintegerrandom12 kun oldin
  • I kind of miss the season 1 intro...

    PikaPika12 kun oldin
  • I haven't watched the vid yet, but it totally does

    Stranger ThingsStranger Things12 kun oldin
  • Pretty much

    Michael GrayMichael Gray12 kun oldin
  • It’s all of AMERICA........ AMERICA is founded by racism & segregation AMERICA has never been good let alone GREAT !!!

    Joey BlackJoey Black12 kun oldin
  • Unity in Diversity

    Vance HVance H12 kun oldin
  • What about it's effects on a child's phychology? I wish I were born in 2500, those people get to live in utopia!!😭😭

    Manoj 1VE18IS028Manoj 1VE18IS02812 kun oldin
  • #StopAsianHate

    Marty DMarty D12 kun oldin
  • Basically...if you are born in a hood, you will be poor

    Chetan RohilaChetan Rohila12 kun oldin
  • He left Vice and works for Vox now huh?

    Justin HearstJustin Hearst12 kun oldin
  • So the reparations check??

    Antonio SAntonio S12 kun oldin
  • This is one of the best videos on Vox. Such an underrated topic.

    808HI Vibes808HI Vibes12 kun oldin
  • You guy already have lucky just because you already live in the United States, I'm from Mexico, now living in El salvador and the insecurity on those countries it's a big problems, when I was child I can't finish my studies not because I don't wanna do it, it was because the schools was in the territory of other Gangs, and if I walk (literally just walk) in that school, they will kill me. I don't have plans of travel to United States or something like that, but just the country where you born it's a important factor.

    G4MERSCFG4MERSCF12 kun oldin
  • Is it just me or does that one dude kinda look like Mark Ruffalo....? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

    Koyuki PandaKoyuki Panda12 kun oldin
  • *uses for research paper*

    Symone LandrySymone Landry12 kun oldin
  • im extremely lucky and thankful for my position. but how do you deal with the pressure i was born with lots of gifts but what does it matter if I don't use it. i mean i only have the power if we work together or gain position of power. but we dont work together. also not sure how true this is but the people who protest or riot wouldn't be people actually struggling because of these structure issues, i mean they probably dont have the time, money, and energy to fight for bigger causes. so then the videos we see are mostly people fighting on others behalves. idk that just seems wrong to me

    Nicodemus BelfonNicodemus Belfon12 kun oldin
  • Had a very similar situation growing up! Moved from a poor area to much wealthier “whiter area and you can see the different privileges. From education, parks, design and so many other factors. Also glad to see another Husky! Go dawgs

    Sadak HassanSadak Hassan12 kun oldin
  • The neighborhoods you grow up in 100% affects your future/future outcomes. This is kind of measured by commuting zones and has huge impacts for intergenerational mobility and future economic outcomes

    Stephanie KimStephanie Kim12 kun oldin
  • Having seen the comparison between black and white I'm interested to see where Latinx and Asians fall in the data

    Bryant LeeBryant Lee12 kun oldin
  • Well yes but this not just happen in US... this happen everywhere in the world

    Van DerVan Der12 kun oldin
  • For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts. This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to a mountain of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The yearlong analysis, based on 31 million records, relied on techniques used by leading academics, the Federal Reserve and Department of Justice to identify lending disparities. It found a pattern of troubling denials for people of color across the country, including in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. African Americans faced the most resistance in Southern cities - Mobile, Alabama; Greenville, North Carolina; and Gainesville, Florida - and Latinos in Iowa City, Iowa.

    5%LowBattery5%LowBattery12 kun oldin
  • Shocking... I wonder how prevalent this is in the UK?

    Tom HollandTom Holland12 kun oldin
  • My opinion of FDR gets worse and worse everyday.

    Walter KawaharaWalter Kawahara12 kun oldin
  • No link to the website/program? I want to know what the neighborhood I grew up in says about my future.

    MattSipkaMattSipka12 kun oldin
  • Lol this was a question in my 9th grade year...

    Alex IbarraAlex Ibarra12 kun oldin
  • Interesting. So I am from a Red Line District... I was born in Germany but brought to America so I guess I count as an immigrant, but my father was actually born here 🤔

    Queer CrippleQueer Cripple12 kun oldin

    Chanille PChanille P12 kun oldin
  • ❤️❤️

    pavan Krishnapavan Krishna12 kun oldin
  • Checked out the place I spent the first 15 years of life. Put in the information. 29k That would barely cover rent for the year where I live, NOT including utilities and other expenses.

    Queer CrippleQueer Cripple12 kun oldin
  • I'm 41 yrs old and grew up in a poor neighborhood in a crappy rental house. I'm the only kid of my age group from that neighborhood who went to college and graduated. I became an architect. By far the hardest part of my career was not totally breaking down when I got my first job in an architecture firm and visiting clients of upper middle income in their houses and saw how totally different other people's realities were from mine. Like life was just simple check off the boxes as you go kind of a game for them. It was impossible to relate to any of those people, even though they were all nice. At first it made my job beyond difficult, not being able to connect. I almost gave up at one point and joined the military (not that joining the army is giving up, but staying incredibly physically active would have kept my mind from thinking about my life situation). I stayed with it, but I'm still a renter and am still paying back student debt. However I recently begun to learn how to be happy for what I do have, which is a feat that I'm proud of.

    Art VArt V12 kun oldin
  • "America, land of opportunity" Some terms may apply

    Adityan RagudaranAdityan Ragudaran12 kun oldin
  • In Brooklyn, she lives on the other side of Prospect Park. I lived in Park Slope, the blue neighborhood she was talking about. It was a white, wealthy, family neighborhood. She was talking about the same library I would go to as a kid, the same parks and playgrounds I would go to. It deeply saddens me that not everyone is given equal oppertunaties.

    Sir Poggers The WeebSir Poggers The Weeb12 kun oldin
  • Holy shit 33% of a house's value disappears just because a black family used to live there... sickening

    germano girardelligermano girardelli12 kun oldin
  • I grew up in like one of the richest neighborhoods in DC. It’s sad to see how people aren’t given what I was given.

    PigIAPigIA12 kun oldin
  • Great story!! Thanks for sharing.

    Neil statonNeil staton12 kun oldin
  • I still remember the first time I went to Manhattan after moving to NYC. I was in the 10th grade and went to a class trip to see a court case and I remembered wondering where i was. It was so different from the Bronx. Everything was clean and the people looked so different from me. Thankfully for me, the Bronx is in NYC so i had access to things like the summer bridge program and the jumpstart program and then ASAP in college but other states (or the rest of ny) aren't as generous with the opportunities for low income households.

    CaraMarie13CaraMarie1312 kun oldin
  • Housing segregation predates redlining and has always involved more actors than the government. In fact, the National Board of Realtors, a trade association for real estate professionals, helped create redlining policies. Moreover, before redlining, real estate developers used restrictive covenants in deeds to prohibit the sale of homes to blacks and other minorities in planned communities. This is not to exonerate government officials, but to ensure that the full picture is a part of the conversation. I also want to add that while zoning restrictions do contribute to the shortage of housing and thus higher housing costs, there is opposition to removing zoning restrictions in some communities out of concern of spurring gentrification. Furthermore, that removing barriers to construction might not immediately lead to affordable housing being constructed. Lastly, removing barriers to constructing new housing is not directly related to reducing housing discrimination. Allowing more market-rate units to be built in a community will not lead to greater enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. To accomplish the latter requires that more resources be committed to its enforcement, such as increasing funding for legal aid organizations that pursue those cases.

    Juan RamirezJuan Ramirez12 kun oldin
  • I guess the question is how do we fix it...

    Rudolf AndrewRudolf Andrew12 kun oldin
  • This series is really eye opening. Great stuff, thanks.

    AlexAlex12 kun oldin
  • I love Vox they are always informing me with new things, saludos desde México 🇲🇽 I hope some day I can work with them, I am an environmental engineer 💚

    Mayela Anahí Saucedo MartínezMayela Anahí Saucedo Martínez12 kun oldin
  • Thank you so much for producing these videos

    Daniel Lindskog-WilsonDaniel Lindskog-Wilson12 kun oldin
  • does the mother who moved to redding have a gofundme or something? i think ppl would be more than willing to support, including myself

    Analisa LAnalisa L12 kun oldin
    • BUMP! same here

      Gerard MillerGerard Miller12 kun oldin
  • I learned so much today than at my school ✨

    farhan khanfarhan khan12 kun oldin
  • Min 5:38 shows that racism is not only motivated by the color of someone's skin and that Italian and Irish (and others), have only recently "graduated" as "white". Racism is bullshit

    FrakCylonFrakCylon12 kun oldin
  • Someone should do fundraiser for Angel

    Tom MSTom MS12 kun oldin
  • excellent topic. I would be interested in schools, police reinforcements, churches, how they operate in different neighborhoods.

    クイン恵クイン恵12 kun oldin
  • A century of redlining will fuck you up fam

    JuliaJulia12 kun oldin
  • As a kid, I was always told that a good school meant better opportunities in the future. As an adult, I realized that a mostly white school was what people meant. I always found it odd that all the "bad" schools were in mostly black neighborhoods. Now I understand why.

    ExperienceItStudiosExperienceItStudios12 kun oldin
  • Each and everyday, im so thankful, to never have been borned in america

    VandergriftVandergrift12 kun oldin
    • @KDH2130 It means, im glad i wasnt borned and raised in america

      VandergriftVandergrift12 kun oldin
    • What

      KDH2130KDH213012 kun oldin