Friday, May 22, 2015

There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.

    Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents and grandparents did in the last half of the 20th century. Unlike New York, San Francisco and many other cities that have seen the demographic shift, though, it's cheap housing and incentive programs that are partly fueling the regrowth of the Motor City's white population.
A social scientist might observe that these things run in cycles. If so, might we be seeing similar changes in Englewood, North Lawndale and other locations that have a recent history of pale populations?

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45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

RACIST I am European American.

5/22/2015 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1972, U of I at Circle, Sociology 101, Dr. Albert Larson:

All cities run in cycles. First, people live downtown, near the work and services. Then they move outward, away from the congestion, and less affluent people take their place. The rings of outward movement grow larger until they stop (due to long commutes, cost and inconvenience) and people at the outer fringe once again move to the city center, refresh and renew the area, drive the prices up, then they again begin the migration outward.

I believe he said it happens every generation, which was considered to be more than twenty but less than thirty years back then. Now, I'd guess a generation would be considered twenty years.

So, Detroit is right on target. And, considering the large amount of quality housing stock and solidly built warehouses and factories, it's one hell of a good investment if you're willing to be an urban pioneer for ten years.

5/22/2015 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Hurricane Katrina (which Rahm and Nancy blamed on W. rather than the kleptocrats who failed to maintain the levees), the city of New Orleans actually saw white politicians elected to municipal offices for the first time in decades as many black voters moved away.

5/22/2015 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'burbs in Detroit are going to Hell now.....place like Redford Township, Livionia, and Dearborn are decaying.

5/22/2015 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Englewood is close to nothing , except Armageddon .

5/22/2015 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the residents have burned the possibly desirable neighborhood to the ground, investors will buy the property for cheap and then build and renovate the area and here come the "urban pioneers" to take over the area.

5/22/2015 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Heartless Taxpayer said...

Yes, I am sure we'll be seeing some Starbucks opening up in Englewood as well as some other yuppie hangouts real soon.

When will the Sushi Bar be coming in? Or the Day Spa with the hot rocks treatment?

When will Coach, Brookstone, American Restoration, and other "fine retail" be opening up on 79th street?

It will probably be when low-income housing is built up on the North Shore in places like Lake Forest, Winnetka, and Glencoe ---- NEVER.

5/22/2015 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is coming. These neighborhood so have some incredible buildinga that have sted the test of time. These Graystonea aren't going unnoticed

5/22/2015 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you seen the property tax rates for Detroit. Housing may be dirt cheap, but the taxes are not.

5/22/2015 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the bright side, some of the surviving houses have pretty good fields of fire. There is not another house on the entire block.

5/22/2015 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to call bullshit on this one and would love to know where that information came from. I know the government would never lie to make things seem better than they really are, so I have an alternative view to counter the number reliant propaganda of growth and prosperity in Detroit. My view is that white's really aren't moving in, but are buying things from a distance (like I did) and staying as far away as possible. On paper a white person has purchased a home in Detroit, providing a foundation for the fluffed phony numbers claiming white influx, but I am certainly not moving in. Regarding such change in say Englewood? Completely different demographic situation in that whites moving in would require those already there to relocate; say...to south Portage Park for example, ultimately spreading the shit out more and bringing down once prosperous neighborhoods. Or, maybe they are really moving in like the yuppies did in Albany Park as they bought up apartments now called condominiums just off the brown line. A diamond surrounded by total shit with porta potties and broken glass adorning the yard next door. Lying with numbers to cover the reality and fluff the truth is what I call the white influx in Detroit. How does that go?...nothing to see here, move along?

5/22/2015 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that "highly doubtful"

5/22/2015 03:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Won't help. Detroit's manufacturing base is gone, and that means its tax base is gone.

Sure, there are a few pioneers, but the numbers are too small.

5/22/2015 04:22:00 AM  
Blogger D J said...

If whites move in, it's more like "here comes the neighborhood"!

- not a LEO

5/22/2015 04:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suuuuure... my family was from the area of 55th and Halstead. Grandparents moved there from Ireland. I'll be back in County Mayo before I reclaim any lost land in Englewood.

5/22/2015 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doubt it!!!

5/22/2015 05:33:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

Ok. Just wait for Englewood to turn white again.. I'll be right here.

5/22/2015 06:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's all get together and "change!!!" Englewood, Chatham, and the rest of the bad neighborhoods one square mile at a time. We can get a group of respectable people together to all buy homes for one dollar and turn the lives around of faultering neighborhoods. In all seriousness, many of those " hoods" are marked by tree- lined streets, and homes with beautiful woodwork and artful brick design. We'll have strict rules such as no boom cars, bbq'ing in the front yard, litter, and and payday loan stores. Roaches will be dealt with swiftly, and will the money saved by the one dollar price tag, the gloom of pension payouts will not seem so insecure.

5/22/2015 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same is happening on the west side.
East Garfield Park, i.e. the
northeast end of 011. is getting "whiter" by the the day. I bullshit you not.

5/22/2015 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's already happening on the westside. There are white people living in the heart of the ghetto at Kedzie/Walnut,California/Washington, all over. I would imagine it's the same out south.

I once stopped a young white couple and asked them.... why? They said that it was because housing is cheap there and as more and more white people move in it will get better. In the meantime they are willing to put up with the thugs sitting on the porches on each side of their homes. They can never sit on THEIR porch or even their back yard in the summertime. They send their kids to private schools miles away. They can't shop in their own neighborhoods, they have to go miles away.
Go figure.

5/22/2015 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the locusts run through the field destroying all the crops, the working farmers return and replant.

5/22/2015 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I see is doom, gloom and more doom as long as there is democrat party control.

5/22/2015 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Englewood will not be desire able for at least another 200 years if ever. Bad location for starters.

5/22/2015 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Gang banger kills gangbanger shooter has big history but wont be charged! Wonder what would happen if a copper did his/her job? Are the civil rights folks and FBI looking into this like they are questioning coppers in cleared shootings? Wonder if this punk will face any jail time on the other charges? Ridiculous! Will this be run on the news as first story for 3 days like they did on the copper "resting his eyes" that the thug took a video of? crickets!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/redeye-logan-square-killing-no-murder-charge-20150521-story.html

5/22/2015 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

++++ Off-Topic ++++ :: When reading the linked article on Detroit I saw this article noted alongside.

---->>> NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired <<<----
'A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.”

Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.'
(((-- continued at link --)))

Pretty Good News for a Friday :-)

5/22/2015 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Englewood will be primarily Hispanic, and it will happen in less than 10 years time. Bank on it.

5/22/2015 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its great having a government that shovels savages down your throat. in your neighborhoods, school, on tv, at work.

5/22/2015 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I have to call bullshit on this one and would love to know where that information came from. I know the government would never lie to make things seem better than they really are, so I have an alternative view to counter the number reliant propaganda of growth and prosperity in Detroit. My view is that white's really aren't moving in, but are buying things from a distance (like I did) and staying as far away as possible. On paper a white person has purchased a home in Detroit, providing a foundation for the fluffed phony numbers claiming white influx, but I am certainly not moving in. Regarding such change in say Englewood? Completely different demographic situation in that whites moving in would require those already there to relocate; say...to south Portage Park for example, ultimately spreading the shit out more and bringing down once prosperous neighborhoods. Or, maybe they are really moving in like the yuppies did in Albany Park as they bought up apartments now called condominiums just off the brown line. A diamond surrounded by total shit with porta potties and broken glass adorning the yard next door. Lying with numbers to cover the reality and fluff the truth is what I call the white influx in Detroit. How does that go?...nothing to see here, move along?

5/22/2015 02:55:00 AM

Sorry, but it's true. Young people from Ann Arbor are moving to Detroit in big numbers. We're talking artists. programmers, telecommuters, 'urban farmers', hipsters.

It won't be you daddy's Detroit, but they're moving in big-time.

5/22/2015 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yuppies will buy (and pay) anything !

5/22/2015 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/22/2015 07:01:00 AM

Yeah and we'll post the rules on a big homemade sign at the beginning of the block.

5/22/2015 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Edison Carter said...

If you throw in all the murders, it's a wash.....

5/22/2015 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the food channel, some very trendy urban venues opening in Detroit neighborhoods. Clientele is mostly white yuppie and hipster types. A Midwestern Seattle in the making.

5/22/2015 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White people moving into "the Hood"?

Yeah right, maybe if you're Josey Wales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xd3Eawz5VI

5/22/2015 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Edgebrook, should I worry about these shifts?
Please advise.
I think my tax bill could buy a couple blocks of prime Detroit landscape.

5/22/2015 05:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If enough of the inhabitants are gone, it may be a good thing as...OK maybe not. It may be an island in a vacant wasteland, but that will just mean that any protection by the police will be that much further away.

Three people don't make for a popular movement....unless they're democrats and the media want is to be....

5/22/2015 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, who the hell would want to live in that shithole of a city?

5/22/2015 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't really predict 10 or 15 yrs from now what potential a neighborhood has,so.........

5/22/2015 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if something like this will kick off...

Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

2 hours ago

"Amsterdam (AFP) - Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

"Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?".

"...also wearing...shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back.

"The pupils' two schools - De Avonturijn and Catharinaschool - are considered "black" in this ethnically mixed southern Amsterdam neighbourhood, as more than 90 percent of their pupils are from immigrant backgrounds.

"The number of new pupils signing up continues to drop and the schools are now threatened with closure, so today they're going door-to-door, ringing doorbells and delivering flyers saying "We're looking for white pupils"."

http://news.yahoo.com/dutch-immigrant-kids-street-demanding-white-classmates-071506783.html

Fascinating.

5/23/2015 05:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I noticed this.

The trend now is that US demographic changes are the like French cities.

Central Cities are becoming Whiter, more prosperous - the non White, lowest class, underclass is being pushed out to industrial suburbs like Harvey or even small towns like Ferguson MO.

In france the worst Arab, Muslim, Black slums are in the industrial suburbs, not the Central Cities.

5/23/2015 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?"."

I noticed this one.

It's PC Liberal Left Arabs, Turks doing the American Black thing, "Is this White enough for you" trying to intimidate native White Dutch to go to public schools with majority Arab/Turk students.

I give the Liberal Left Dutch a lot of credit for being about the only Liberal Left Western people to stand up to the Islamic invasion, Islamic barbarism.

Some Liberal Left Dutch leaders have paid the ultimate price - death at the hands of the Religion of Peace - Not!

Pyn Fortyn
Theo Van Gogh

5/23/2015 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Won't help. Detroit's manufacturing base is gone, and that means its tax base is gone.

"Sure, there are a few pioneers, but the numbers are too small."

5/22/2015 04:22:00 AM

A city can't run on trendy little restaurants and "performance arts spaces." How many zillions of square feet of "murals by local artists" can you have on the walls of abandoned factories, where once worked tens of thousands of people? We went past saturation point with all that a long time ago...

...but hang some more banners, Rahm.

5/23/2015 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be racist but a realist I want to move where the first thing on the news is "black murder and mayhem" almost everyday tired of 10% of total population causing what 90% of felonious crimes? Cause and effect, government makes some think they cannot achieve so they and the 1% throw pieces of change at them and like goldfish they nip at it, realize it's not enough turn to criminal enterprises and get arrested short time in prison the cycle continues!

5/23/2015 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...
I wonder if something like this will kick off...

Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

2 hours ago

"Amsterdam (AFP) - Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

"Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?"

...

"...also wearing...shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back...

http://news.yahoo.com/dutch-immigrant-kids-street-demanding-white-classmates-071506783.html

Fascinating.

5/23/2015 05:25:00 AM

The native citizens of the Netherlands are realizing that they've been sold a bill of goods with the liberal progressive/white guilt dope-smoke nirvana of forcible multiculturalism.

"Let us integrate with you and forcibly overlay YOUR culture with OUR backward and violent 7th century world view and 8th century grievance over not being able to conquer and subjugate the whole of Europe."

Besides...
These immigrant children must be tired of trying to jack each other for lunch money.

Nothing harder (and more dangerous) that a catered to demographic with nothing trying to take something from another catered to demographic with nothing.

Europe needs a non-fuck-giving modern era Charlemagne to set a course of correction.

America?
We're not quite as badly overrun and outnumbered
like Europe is but we need someone who won't give a
fuck about hurting the feelings of liberals, progressives and catered to/protected democratic constituents to set the ship of state on a new course.

America.

5/24/2015 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALL of you quit WHINING !!!

5/25/2015 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOC 101 The Concentric Zone Theory.

5/25/2015 08:07:00 PM  

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