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    First, this is a cross meighborhood correlation all study, so the fact that people like trees means that leafy neighborhoods will be pricier.   This alone will create a correlation between heat and income (which will thus correlate with race).  Second, there are historical legacies of redlining.  Thus, minority lenders get worse deals on loans and therefore end up in lower priced housing than their incomes would indicate, thus the leafiness is correlated first with income, the additionally with minority status.   Third, I suspect there is the history of white flight which took higher income whites but not minorities out of cities and therefore nearer to trees.  Thus it isn't that minorities Seek more asphalt but rather the efforts of whites to get away from black people ended up making whites move to cooler places as a side effect.  Finally, there may also be all kind of cultural issues where different groups place different priorities on things like open space or local community that may drive choices and in turn impacts from urban environments.

    It is complicated but there's a lot of possible factors

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 02:29:25 PM PDT

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