I found it facinating that we were told the same thing from two very different sources.
Kyle is a Christian who moved into Beechwood with his family many years ago. He works at East High and is the president of the community association. He's working for social change in the name of Christ.
John is the head of the Criminal Justice Department at my university, and has been doing reaserch on violence in this city for over a dozen years.
Both these men contributed the messy web of interconnected problems that exist in the city to one common source: white middle-class flight.
We have concentrated our ethnic minorities in one place. We have concentrated our low economic class in one place.
The result? Increasing demands on a declining tax base. The education system begins to fail. Concentration of poverty breeds desperation, violence, drugs, and other criminal activity.
If the cause was economic and racial segregation, what's the solution?
We heard the exact same ideas from the Christian and secular perspectives.
It should be noted that this is a very white-male biased perspective. I wish we had had input from a more diverse set of people.