Secret agents sent by OP trustees

The gotcha brigade

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By Jim Bowman

Writer

Anyone have a problem with this?

The village hired HOPE Fair Housing Center to study discrimination in Oak Park housing in 2013. The organization conducted "paired testing" by sending African-American and white renters to eight local management companies to ask about rentals.

The village hired people to be its agents with a view to work undercover to check up on citizens who rent housing in the village?

It's come to that?

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OP Transplant  

Posted: February 21st, 2014 12:42 PM

Seems to me that if I could hire people to lie to the management companies, I could get whatever data a wanted.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 21st, 2014 12:24 PM

The missing piece in the Hope report is an estimate of how many discrimination incidents may exist based on the sample taken so far. At this point we do not know how extensive discrimination is in the village. The board seems to be headed in the right direction and a little patience will be needed.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: February 21st, 2014 10:04 AM

The more I read the HOPE report, the more it troubles me. I just can't get past the feeling that the outcome was predetermined is someone's mind...whether it was HOPE's, the village board, the various housing agencies, or all of the above I can't put my finger on. It just gets curious-er and curious-er. While I'm not saying everything is perfect by any stretch, I think it's healthy that we stay skeptical about this in the absence of real, tangible non biased evidence. But that's just me....

joe from south oak park  

Posted: February 20th, 2014 11:02 PM

it would be really hard to do something like that and avoid a significant observer-expectancy effect. If you expect to find racism and you look hard enough for it, you will find it. no matter if it is actually there or not.

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