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"The Lines Between Us": How Diverse is Your Neighborhood?
On Friday, Maryland Morning will premiere "The Lines Between Us," WYPR's year-long exploration of inequality in the Baltimore region. This Friday, we'll have stories on the air about how the federal government defines "communities of opportunity" in the region, how one Pikesville man's views on race were shaped by the revelation of a family secret in 1964, and how residential segregation took root block by block during the mid-20th century.
On-air, however, is not the only place you can interact with "The Lines Between Us." Part of our website will be devoted to "Your Stories"--at linesbetweenus.org, you can tell us how you see regional inequality from where you live. You can write your story, leave it with us via voicemail, send pictures and videos, and more. The website will highlight these voices from the community. We'll share one tomorrow.
We'll also illustrate the landscape of inequality in the region with data maps. The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance has partnered with WYPR to create maps of both the city and the wider region for education, employment, and other outcomes. Today, we wanted to share one of those maps with you.
This is a map of racial diversity. The darker the shading, the more racially diverse an area is. It's an interesting way of measuring diversity: if you picked two people at random from the given statistical area, it's the probability (from 0 to 100) that they'd be of different races. There's a map for Baltimore City, and one for the city plus Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Feel free to download these maps and share them any way you like--you can click on them to download the pdf versions.
How does this square with the way you see your neighborhood? Are you surprised?
Send us your thoughts at email@example.com, by voicemail at 410-881-3162, on our Facebook page, or at our Twitter account.
And don’t forget to listen Friday at 9 on 88.1FM in Baltimore or streaming at wypr.org!
“The Lines Between Us” is made possible by grants from Associated Black Charities, Cohen Opportunity Fund, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, and Open Society Institute-Baltimore, as well as support from members of the WYPR Board of Directors.