The trend of Black Americans leaving urban areas for suburban communities mirrors the White Flight of the mid-20th century but for vastly different reasons and with vastly different consequences.

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March 18, 2022, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Sophia Tareen writes for the Associated Press (via the Los Angeles Times) about the continuing migration of Black Americans around the country. In the contemporary version of this story, Black Americans are moving away from cities into the suburbs.

The article starts with anecdotes from Chicago, but notes that the trend is echoed around the country. Tareen cites 2020 Census data to show how Black out-migration from urban areas has persisted over the past decade.

For more background on how this story has played out over the years, see some of the articles in Planetizen's archive in addition to the source article, linked below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Associated Press via Los Angeles Times

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