Saturday, November 15, 2008

Day Fifteen: Message to Dewey

The Subdivision that Fear Built

Per our earlier conversation: An influx of black folks into a predominately white neighborhood doesn't bring down property value. White flight precipitated by racist paranoia brings down property value. I just thought you should know. What I find interesting is that white flighters tend to get fed up with commuting, and return to gentrify the very same neighborhoods from which their parents fled a generation or two ago. I guess urban blacks and Latinos just don't know how good they have it.



At 10:42 PM , Anonymous Beauty Jackson said...

chided you for not posting today. i was wrong. my bad.

and you pose an EXCELLENT point. that's pretty much how the louisiana north shore was populated.

At 10:13 AM , Blogger Clifton said...

That is exactly how the North Shore was populated.

It's also one of the major reasons for the housing crisis in this country that no one is willing to speak of. If you live 150 miles away from your job an have to fill the tank of that SUV every two days you might have a little difficulty paying that overpriced house note to live way out there.

At 10:40 AM , Blogger decade number three said...

Hey, is that pic from the Showtime hit "Weeds"?

At 12:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure if your point is that just because a neighborhood is predominately black doesn't make it a bad neighborhood or undesirable. I agree if that is your point.

But some would also say that the darker your neighborhood gets the lower its property value gets and vis versa (compared to a comparable mostly white neighborhood). Not saying that it is right.

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