Will allowing more housing types in some single-family zones make Seattle’s whitest neighborhoods more racially diverse? Skepticism abounds, but it may be the best bet for changing deep patterns of segregation.

Seattle Times staff reporters

For generations, Seattle was segregated through racist neighborhood covenants, deed restrictions, even banking policies designed to keep certain minorities out of largely white enclaves.

Yet nearly 50 years after the landmark Fair Housing Act sought to reverse that legacy, the city remains strikingly separated along color lines.

A Seattle Times analysis shows that areas dedicated to single-family houses remain the city’s most exclusive havens. If you live in North Capitol Hill or Sunset Hill/Loyal Heights single-family zones, you have more than 100 white neighbors for every black one.

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