Matthew Desmond

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The North Side

Milwaukee’s North Side is the predominantly-black part of the city. Milwaukee is an extremely segregated city, and the North Side thus suffers from the problems associated with racial segregation: poorer facilities and resources, a high…

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“Hype” is a slang word for a drug addict used by many of the tenants profiled in the book. The tenants regularly complain about hypes for two main reasons. The first is that they are…

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The Courthouse

The courthouse where eviction hearings take place is adorned with the slogan Vox Populi Vox Dei, which means “The voice of the people is the voice of God” in Latin. This slogan belies the…

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