by Randal O’Toole
Fewer than 1.6 percent of the residents of Boulder, Colorado have African-American ancestry, and it is becoming whiter than ever thanks to restrictive land-use policies that have made housing unaffordable. Census data show that, between 2010 and 2016, Boulder’s population grew by more than 10,000 people, but the number of blacks declined by 30 percent.
Boulder residents would bristle at claims they are racist, but the nation’s most progressive cities tend to be the ones that have adopted policies that make housing unaffordable and push low-income people out. Since black per capita incomes remain about 60 percent of whites, they are some of the first to leave such cities.
Read the whole article originally published in The Hill on October 4, 2017.