Boston: A City Divided by Class?

Thanks to my pal Jonathon Ginsberg for this demographic representation of class in Boston, courtesy of The Atlantic Cities. It is titled “Class Divided Cities: Boston Edition.” Here is what Boston looks like: bostoncityWEB

We are heavily creative class, a significant presence of service class, and no – that is right – no working class presence in Boston. The author argues that Boston is heavily polarized between creative and service classes; very little overlap between neighborhoods.

There are additional maps for the Boston metro area and an interactive map. Top creative class area in the state is around MIT; Southie is the largest service class area; and Chelsea is the largest working class area.

I admit that I don’t know what to make of this, but it looks interesting so offer your thoughts on it. I haven’t run into these class categories to this point. I’ll have to give this one some thought and post in the future.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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