from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to or being publicly funded low-income housing units scattered throughout middle-income residential areas.
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The Palestinians are not always wrong to complain that municipal authorities are placing unreasonable demands on them in seeking building permits while facilitating scatter-site Jewish housing (with no security value) in densely populated Arab neighborhoods.
You can follow the thread through to Nixon’s opposition to busing and scatter-site housing as mechanisms for reversing segregation and his “New Federalism,” or Republican opposition to “activist judges” and “racial quotas” since the 70s, or Reagan’s famous embrace of “states rights” in Philadelphia, Mississippi.