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Closing The Gap: Racial Disparity in Waterloo

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Closing The Gap: Racial Disparity in Waterloo is a one-hour, uninterrupted, commercial free special edition of The Steele Report.

This program features the voices of 32 Cedar Valley residents, and asks these residents about the economic disparities which currently exist in Waterloo.

With a population of 67,587 residents, Waterloo has become one of Iowa's most diverse communities.

Weaving together a wide variety of races in a cultural tapestry,  intended to mean, everyone is welcome here.

Make no mistake, there are some great things happening in Waterloo right now.

You need only start at the Tech Works building and head east to see major recent development, including the new Marriott Courtyard and Blue Iguana, the 3 phase Grand Crossing condominiums and apartment complex. There's Hawkeye's new Adult Learning Center and many other projects in progress, not to mention the downtown revitalization spearheaded by JSA Development.

The "We the People" mural, on the East Park Avenue ramp crossing Lafayette Street, was unveiled in may of 2007.  Painted by artist Richard c. Thomas, it celebrates the vast diversity of Waterloo immigrants.

Closing the Gap: Racial Disparities in Waterloo, highlights some of the disparities involving African Americans in Waterloo, as published in a 24/7 Wall Street report 5 months ago on November 9th, which labeled Waterloo-Cedar Falls as the worst place in the United States to be an African American Though the Report focused on Waterloo-Cedar Falls statistics, this program focused mainly on Waterloo, where most of the African American population resides.

24/7 Wall Street is an online financial news operation founded in 2006. it's articles are often re-published by many of the larger u.s. news outlets. USA Today was among the news operations to re-publish the Waterloo-Cedar Falls story on racial disparity.

The report from 24/7 Wall Street said, "No u.s. metro area has larger social and economic disparities along racial lines than Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa."

Waterloo was ranked number 10 just 3-years ago, but, now is ranked number one in the nation, for all the wrong reasons. Watch the hour-long, commercial free program on a special edition of The Steele Report. 

Ron Steele

Evening Anchor

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