Good Law | Bad Law #106 - Is Segregation Still the Way we Live? w/ Vicki Been

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50 years later, how fair is housing?


Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Vicki Been, the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU, to discuss the Fair Housing Act on this historic civil rights legislation’s 50th birthday.  The FHA was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in the days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Vicki, also the Faculty Director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, reviews the history of the Fair Housing act and how it was designed to address systemic discrimination in housing.  Discrimination in housing has had a tremendous impact on access to schools and job opportunities, which, in turn, significantly impacts income and social mobility. 


A leading expert on the fairness of environmental and land use policies, Vicki explains that, while there are still battles to be fought against over discrimination, states and cities face enormous challenges in tacking entrenched segregation.  Fifty years later, Vicki explains, we have not made nearly enough progress toward greater racial and socio-economic integration. 


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Vicki Been