Another commenter, Mark in LA, brought up a 2008 story by The Commercial Appeal to suggest that efforts to reintegrate cities might have adverse effects:
Where is Atlanta?
Birmingham? Charlotte? Jackson? Memphis?
This seems to suggest that the South has a more integrated urban society, despite its history. It also seems to suggest that, when people from the North lecture the South about race relations, they tend to do so from the safe enclaves they have carved out of their cities for people of their particular skin color.
There's plenty of segregated communities in Southern cities, of course. But as a Southerner accustomed to being lectured about race relations by scholars and pundits from New York and Chicago and Los Angeles, I appreciate the irony here.
Oh, the heinous thought crime - people want to live amongst people more like themselves!!!!!
And self-segregate. Shouldn't there be a law? Shouldn't there be a government program? There is, it is called section 8 housing. See what it did to poor suburbanites in Memphis.