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What does the reverse Great Migration mean for urbanism?

Streets like my own are becoming more desirable for black Americans and others looking for better deals down South.Photo: Kristen E. JeffersCross-posted from The Black Urbanist. According to an article last Wednesday in The New York Times, a reverse Great Migration of African-Americans from the North to the South is occurring. Why is this happening? The Times piece cites the lack of jobs for young black graduates in the North; the relative ease of purchasing property in the South; for elders, the ability to retire in greater comfort; and a flip-flopped racial climate. Many of the elders feel the ancestral …

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Does urbanism have to be black and white?

I fell in love with the skyline of Greensboro, N.C., when I was a little kid. I was an urbanist, even if I didn't yet know such a thing existed.Photo: Jim DollarIt all started with a map on the floor. My dad and I would spend Saturday afternoons "driving" around with my toy NASCARs from my friendly neighborhood Hardees. As I got older, I became enamored of the small skyline of my hometown of Greensboro, N.C. So enamored that one day, while I was sick with the chicken pox, my dad went out and bought me a postcard with the …

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