Ending the Cycle of Racial Isolation

Mount Laurel Proven to Help Poor Families

Ending the Cycle of Racial IsolationAn October 17, 2015 New York Times editorial “Ending the Cycle of Racial Isolation” focuses on New Jersey.

“Good things can happen when the cycle of racial isolation is broken. An encouraging example can be found in the southern New Jersey suburb of Mount Laurel, where zoning policies that once excluded black and lower-income families were the target of a major lawsuit nearly a half century ago. In rulings handed down in 1975 and 1983, the New Jersey Supreme Court told Mount Laurel and other suburbs that they could no longer exclude affordable housing and were required to rewrite zoning laws to make such housing possible.”

The piece points out yet another instance where Governor Chris Christie has turned is back on low-income families.

“Gov. Chris Christie and his allies in some of the state’s wealthy towns would like nothing more than to kill this remedy.”

The Mount Laurel decision has had a very positive impact on housing in New Jersey.

“Once-segregated areas are now more diverse. And more than 60,000 homes have been built for low- and moderate-income families in the New Jersey suburbs, giving such families access to solid jobs and starter homes.”

Much has been researched and written about the families that moved into the Ethel Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel.

“The families that came to Mount Laurel from poorer places clearly benefited.”

Click here for the full editorial.