Researchers from Brown University and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater recently published a study on metropolitan neighborhood demographics that found a growing number of diverse neighborhoods that, they postulate, are helping alter race relations in the country.
“It is striking that while the all-white
neighborhood is disappearing, its main replacement is the most diverse kind,
which includes substantial shares of whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians,” Brown University Professor of Sociology John Logan, who co-authored the
study with University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Wenquan Zhang, said. “Given the
persistence of residential segregation and the deep divide that still separates
whites from other groups, it is reassuring to see this one sign of progress.”
Titled “Global Neighborhoods: Beyond the Multiethnic Metropolis,” and published
in Demography, the study found a growing number of what it calls global
neighborhoods, which host large white and black populations as well as recent
Asian and Hispanic immigrants.
While the numbers of all-minority neighborhoods
are also increasing -- with a low likelihood of whites moving to those
neighborhoods -- overall, the researchers feel that the increased level of global
neighborhoods, often spurred by influxes of immigrants, are having a positive
impact on the country’s racial tensions.
a period when so many Americans seem to emphasize the downside of immigration, it’s useful to see how newcomers are contributing to resolving a
longstanding problem,” Logan said.
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