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Image of a city

September 20, 2010

Photographer Eric Fischer has produced some very detailed and insightful images of American cities. Inspired by Bill Rankin’s map of Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides, he mapped the 40 largest U.S. cities, color-coding them according to their residents’ ethnicity.

“Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000,” he explains on his Flickr page.

“The results for various cities are fascinating: Just like every city is different, every city is integrated (or segregated) in different ways,” Gawker notes.

Browsing the 40 images offers some interesting comparisons. Some are largely ethnically separate (Philadelphia, New York), some more mixed (Long Beach, San Franscisco). The image of Chicago shows just what I experienced there: a highly segregated city.

Chicago_by Eric Fisher

Image of Chicago by Eric Fisher, via Flickr

PS: It would be interesting to see if there has been a shift since 2000 once the data from the latest census, done this year, becomes available.

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