links for 2010-08-25

  • "The inequality between ethnic mixes seen in local environments is even more stark than those in schooling, crime, housing, jobs and health, according to Cabe, the government's advisory body on architecture, urban design and public space.

    "The differences between ethnic groups was most marked when people were asked how satisfied they were with their green spaces and parks. More than 70% of people in affluent, predominantly white wards said they were satisfied compared with 50% in wards where more than 40% of the population came from black or minority ethnic groups.

  • "The episode, which led to a recent federal court ruling that Chaney's civil rights had been violated, has brought to light a little known consequence of the patients' rights movement that swept the nation's health care system over the last two decades.

    "Elderly patients, who won more legal control over their quality of life in nursing homes, sometimes want to dictate the race of those who care for them. And some nursing homes enforce those preferences in their staff policies."