On a recent CalMatters Podcast, we were inspired by an interview with Dr. Karyn Lacy, a sociologist with the University of Michigan. She eloquently shared the history of the suburbs and how they evolved after WWII. It was SO good, we wanted more. She’s the ultimate example of data-driven pro that took two years of her life studying back middle-class families in the Washington DC area. We learn how she approached her research, where she found the data, data that was and was not available, and the techniques she employed to write an incredibly interesting book on race, class, and the middle class. We learn about the federal government's role in segregation as well as local example of discrimination via developers, agents, lenders, city governments, and banks.