People moving out, people moving in

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article, The End of White Flight, about whites moving back to big cities across the country. Decades ago you had white flight where whites were fleeing cities across the country to get away from a growing black population. Now it looks like the children/grandchildren of those whites have decided that living in the city isn’t so bad. But for some blacks this isn’t a good thing in their eyes, especially for those priced out of the housing market. I have seen this going on in the Washington, D.C. area. Unfortunately certain parts of Prince Georges County, Maryland has inherited some of the riff raff from D.C.  I know some long time Prince Georges County residents who consider a certain part of Prince Georges County inside the Beltway Ward 9. 

The End of White Flight
For the First Time in Decades, Cities’ Black Populations Lose Ground,
Stirring Clashes Over Class, Culture and Even Ice Cream

By CONOR DOUGHERTY

Decades of white flight transformed America’s cities. That era is drawing to a close.

In Washington, a historically black church is trying to attract white members to survive. Atlanta’s next mayoral race is expected to feature the first competitive white candidate since the 1980s. San Francisco has lost so many African-Americans that Mayor Gavin Newsom created an “African-American Out-Migration Task Force and Advisory Committee” to help retain black residents.

“The city is experiencing growth, yet we’re losing African-American families disproportionately,” Mr. Newsom says. When that happens, “we lose part of our soul.”

Cities such as San Francisco, Boston and Seattle have seen an increase in white residents while cities such as Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta are losing black residents.

The changing racial mix is stirring up quarrels over class and culture. Beloved institutions in traditionally black communities — minority-owned restaurants, book stores — are losing the customers who supported them for decades. As neighborhoods grow more multicultural, conflicts over home prices, taxes and education are opening a new chapter in American race relations.

Part of the demographic shift is simple math: So many whites had abandoned cities over the past half-century, there weren’t as many left to lose. Whites make up 66% of the general U.S. population, but only about 40% of large cities. Sooner or later, the pendulum was bound to swing back, and that appears to be starting.

You can read the entire article here.

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