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Three Cities Where New Immigrants Revitalized Main Street
According to an article by Ted Husson, "new immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of community businesses across the country and, in some cases, a lifeline for dying neighborhoods."
A new report by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Fiscal Policy Institute backs up what has probably been anecdotally apparent in a neighborhood near you: "Nationally, immigrants make up 13 percent of the population, but represent an outsized 28 percent of Main Street business owners..."
Husson goes on to list three cities (i.e., Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Nashville) where new immigrant communities revitalized neighborhoods in a pattern of decline.