Comment 39254

By Kiely (registered) | Posted March 29, 2010 at 13:19:27

"People are falling in love with the city again. "White flight" in Hamilton was very localized over the past 40 years. It has not spread across the entire lower city. We have strong middle class neighbourhoods living within a few kilometres of the downtown core: south of Gage park, Kirkendall, Durand, Westdale. This is why we can see pockets of revitalization spring up so quickly like Locke St, James St N, the waterfront, Ottawa St." - Adam2

I don't think you can call what we have hear "white flight". I don't know of anyone here who has put their house on the market because someone with darker skin moved in next door, but I have witnessed that very thing in the US. I'm not saying racism doesn't exist here, far from it, but having spent a lot of time on both sides of the border I know it is much more tangible in the US.

I also see a large percentage of urban white poverty here. In the US urban poverty is generally black/hispanic and rural poverty is white. We don't have quite those same divides here.

What has gutted our urban centre is the death of the blue collar middle class, not white flight.

Comment edited by Kiely on 2010-03-29 12:25:51

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