SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Springfield City Council is trying to come up with solutions to a problem that a new study has brought to their attention.
New research out of the University of Michigan is labeling Springfield as the "most segregated city" in America. This is in terms of Caucasian and Hispanic isolation. Researchers are also ranking the Springfield region as the 22nd "most segregated region" in the U. S.
This latest study is concerning many local groups that were created or funded by City Departments and State agencies to help with this issue.
City Councilor-At-Large Bud Williams said he is "very concerned about this".
"We've known we have problems for years, as every city does. To find out that we are the worst in the country according to a very distinguished university study makes me feel that someone may be doing something wrong, even if they don't know they're doing it", Williams said.
Williams hopes to talk about these findings in an open discussion meeting on Tuesday afternoon with the Committee on Planning and Economic Development. He has also invited many others to this gathering including: State Senator James Welch, State Representatives Benjamin Swan and Cheryl Coakley Rivera, all City Councilors, representatives of the Springfield Branch of the NAACP, the Springfield Urban League, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, HUD, and the State Division of Housing and Community Development.
The study was performed by the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center, and was based on data taken from the 2010 U. S. Census. It compared data from 102 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.