Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Portland: more bikes, fewer black people

In Portland's heart, diversity is dwindling
by Nikkole Hannah-Jones
The Oregonian
Portland, already the whitest major city in the country, has become whiter at its core even as surrounding areas have grown more diverse.

Of 354 census tracts in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, 40 became whiter from 2000 to 2010, according to The Oregonian's analysis of the 2010 Census. Of those, two lie in rural Clackamas County. The 38 others are in Portland.

The city core didn't become whiter simply because lots of white residents moved in, the data show. Nearly 10,000 people of color, mostly African Americans, also moved out.

And those who left didn't move to nicer areas. Pushed out by gentrification, most settled on the city's eastern edges, according to the census data, where the sidewalks, grocery stores and parks grow sparse, and access to public transit is limited...

The rest of the story here.



At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suburbs - the new ghetto.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where in that article does it say "more bikes"?

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dilemma! Fewer "Punks with guns" as Rob would say ("Blacks with guns" as Rob would think) but it's a Faustian bargain because it comes with more bikes.


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