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There are two possible conclusions from my research. One is the direction where the further research should follow. Of course, it may be possible to add another dependent variables to the analysis in order to better explain some surprising results (e.$ $g., immigrant status). Unfortunately, adding every new variable to the model, would make descriptive method of the analysis even more inadequate and more complicated statistical tools would have to be used. However, it is not the most important objection I have against this step (of course, there is no inherent problem in calculating more complicated models). By creating the system more complicated in order to get better $R^{2}$ I am afraid to loose any possibility of getting understanding and insight into mechanism which plays between community segregation and socioeconomic characteristics. Given the highly intercorrelated character of the most community indicators, it is probably not possible to create unidirectional mathematical model predicting socioeconomic indicators from any number of dependent variables (like race of the community or the amount of governmental support to underdeveloped communities). Therefore, I think that I would rather keep the number of my variables very modest (maybe just add one or two), but I would try to observe effects of the racial segregation on the bigger number of unrelated communities in other metropolitan areas. Another possible direction of the further research may be further rethinking of what exactly means segregation and what is the desired state of the community (is it just zero dissimilarity index?). I have just assumed in this article, that segregation is bad and less it is there better. However, I am afraid that in the further research, so simple theoretical assumption would not be sufficient.

Other conclusion of this articles is more practical. First of all, it is necessary to repeat, that the level of community segregation is still very high even after many years since it was officially outlawed. However, given my insufficient understanding of the desired direction of the inter-communal relations, I cannot suggest any exact policy proposal to follow. I just have to agree with conclusions of Massey and Denton [1993], that the discussion about the means for dealing with communal segregation is clearly insufficient and that most of the current attempts are both ineffective and hugely wasteful. I would also agree, that probably currently the best what we could do is to support small-scale efforts, voluntary organizations, indirectly support minority population through subsidies for rent and building outside of the minority communities, and certainly a vigorous fight against any hate-crimes or expressions of hate against any minority.

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Matej Cepl 2003-12-23