Changing Cities Reflect New Suburban Values Of White Migrants

LA Times Columnist Gregory Rodriguez notes that cities from LA to D.C. and even Atlanta are losing black and even Latino and Asian populations to more affluent whites migrating from the suburbs, who take their values with them.
July 29, 2011, 11am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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Rodriguez notes the transformation of New York's Times Square, "dense with suburban, clean, white middle-class faces" as put by geographers Neil Smith and Deborah Cowen as an example.

"Thus far, news stories on these shifts have focused on individual cities or the inevitable bruised feelings inherent in the process of demographic change.

But no one seems to be connecting the dots and concluding that American cities are on the verge of big change. On one level this is a story about race and class, but the more profound shift in the U.S. urban experience will be cultural."

Rodriguez wonders if the affluent newcomers will focus on making cities more 'family friendly' such as improving schools.

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Published on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Los Angeles Times - Opinion
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