residential integration, politics, and gentrification

This AP article discusses the increased pace of blacks moving to the suburbs.  One of the highlights for me was to view the rating on residential integration by section of the country (the West and South are the most integrated sections of the country).  The article also notes that some Southern states showed that white children are now a minority, and other Southern states are soon to follow.  The Conservative South, which has been staunchly so since the Civil War (a.k.a. War of Northern Aggression =), will start to see shifts in 30 years that may change the entire social, racial, and political makeup of the region.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/mar/17/census-more-blacks-south-moving-suburbs-ar-911785/

The following blog post discusses how revitalization does not have to equal gentrification.  I have left an opinion, noting that the author does not confront racial issues in this discussion (elephant in the room).  Perhaps this could be as the author is from a region of the country that is highly segregated and revitalization is not yet occurring in primarily black or other ethnic neighborhoods.

http://renovatingtherustbelt.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/urban-renewal-does-not-have-to-mean-gentrification/

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One response to “residential integration, politics, and gentrification

  1. Interesting, isn’t it? The South has a reputation for being backwards and racially intolerant, when in fact we’re much more progressive on that front than the cities of the Northeast, where the smart, caring, thinking and “aware” people live. I’m white, grew up in the suburbs, decided to move to the city about 13 years ago, now live in an evenly split black-white neighborhood. I’m 41, always went to racially integrated public schools, wasn’t concerned about the racial makeup of this neighborhood when I bought my house. Didn’t move here because it was a black neighborhood, and didn’t stay away because it was black. So I am one of the people who has helped re-integrate this neighborhood, which is what we all want, right? Everyone living together in peace and harmony. Wrong. According to progressives among us, I’m a gentrifier. I should have stayed out of this neighborhood and stayed in the lily-white suburbs where I belong. What kind of sense does this make? I’ve never been able to get a satisfactory answer to what I’ve done wrong. Can someone explain?

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