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Statistically are minority towns in the U.S. within the lower income range?

Asked by dreamwolf (3163points) September 27th, 2011

I was wondering if there were some glaring statistics that suggest minorities could benefit from perhaps “majority Americans” moving back into those towns and fixing it up.

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JLeslie's avatar

@Dreamwolf How are you going to get them to move back into the ghetto? Assuming these are lower income neighborhoods we are talking about? It has happened in communities, and typically the poor get pushed out because the property values begin to go up and the poor can no longer afford the area. Or, it fails completely and the whites never populate the area as hoped.

There are a few communities where gay people have moved into black neighborhoods and renovated. Not sure why this phenomenum happens. It can be observed in the Wilton Manors area of Ft. Lauderdale, and the Cooper Young area of Memphis.

There are some planned communities that purposely put lower income and middle class living near each other to try and create a community of diversity, and give lower income a better shot at education and safe neighborhoods.

dreamwolf's avatar

Question Edit @JLeslie I simplified question

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Why is nobody answering this question?

Look there to see how inextricably linked race and class are. The solution is an end to systematic racism and classism, not for the ‘nice white people’ to come and ‘fix those blacks’. Geez. Although it does follow that when an area gets gentrified by white people, developers do care more to ‘fix up the place’. Also evidence of racism. I will also continue telling people the following fact “4/5 of the world’s non-white people live in the souther half of the world. 4/5 of the world’s poor people live in the souther half of the world.” Need more?

Pandora's avatar

They need to do like some of the churches in my old neighborhood did. There were a lot of abandoned homes and the local church bought the homes or old buildings one by one for a song and then they would fix it up and sell them to families in the neighborhood, looking to own homes at affordable prices. They did like habitat for humanity and people had to put a certain amount of hours in doing restoration in a new home in order to help qualify for one of the homes. This helped insure that they will be able to care for their homes once they moved in. You didn’t have to go to church to own one, only already live and work in the neighborhood and have a good track record (no police record). The idea was to have decent people have a safe and clean place to live. It didn’t take long for developers to come in and start throwing up buildings near by with good security measure. It been over 10 years since I was last there but I remember going back and seeing a whole bunch of new buildings where there once was old torn down buildings and trash in empty lots. The homes that were built by the church were still in good shape and being cared for.

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