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Friday, August 25, 2006

Barred from the suburbs

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America is known to the rest of the world as a melting pot. Yet while the cities are growing more diverse, our suburbs are becoming whiter.

At least, that's what David Harris thinks. Harris is the executive director at the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. The center conducted tests recently in which they sent 20 pairs of people -- one minority and one white -- to seek mortgages. In nine of the 20 tests, the borrowers of color with better credit were offered less desirable mortgages with higher fees and interest rates.

"Sadly, discrimination in lending is one of the factors keeping people out of the homes and communities that they might otherwise choose," he writes in an op-ed piece today.

Check out the lively discussion on the Globe's message boards that the piece has inspired.

-- Erica Tochin

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