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Old 10-14-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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DC? All I saw were a lot of white and black people while I was there. And it seemed to be really segregated even just among those two groups.
WOW. You're very ignorant. You seriously think there are only white and black people...wow. You probly just stayed on the mall and didn't see the true city like most tourists
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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WOW. You're very ignorant. You seriously think there are only white and black people...wow. You probly just stayed on the mall and didn't see the true city like most tourists
I didn't say I think there are only white and black people, I'm just saying that that's all I saw. But yes, my (now I know inaccurate) judgment was based on what I saw at the mall (Why should it matter, anyway? Do malls just naturally attract whites and blacks disproportionately more than any other people?). It was on a weekend during summer vacation, so I assumed a lot of the people in the touristy areas were just that, tourists. No need to get so aggressive, though.

Edit: I also don't doubt DC's diversity. I merely made that comment with the thought that DC was being compared to Houston.

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Old 10-14-2007, 07:13 PM
 
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Sacramento, there is some statistic that it is the most diverse city per capita in the United States. There are many whites, asians, blacks, hispanics. You name it.
I thought that quote applied to Oaktown.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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Big black, Jewish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and gay communites. There's diversity even within the hispanic community, it's not just all Mexicans.

Houston's also not as segregated as a lot of major cities.
Sounds like D.C.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: In God
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Sounds like D.C.
If Houston has any competition in the diversity department, it's probably D.C. I wouldn't count on them being equally diverse, though.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:50 PM
 
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Are you saying that D.C. is the only place that can compete with Houston in the diversity department?
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:55 PM
 
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Are you saying that D.C. is the only place that can compete with Houston in the diversity department?
As far as being the closest in diversity, I hear that D.C. and Houston are similar. Both LA and NY are more diverse than both of them.

Guys, just because you were not aware of Houston's diversity does not mean it isn't.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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I'm not disagreeing with the fact that Houston is diverse. I just thought that you were trying to say that Houston/D.C. are the most diverse areas in the nation
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:36 PM
 
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I didn't say I think there are only white and black people, I'm just saying that that's all I saw. But yes, my (now I know inaccurate) judgment was based on what I saw at the mall (Why should it matter, anyway? Do malls just naturally attract whites and blacks disproportionately more than any other people?). It was on a weekend during summer vacation, so I assumed a lot of the people in the touristy areas were just that, tourists. No need to get so aggressive, though.

Yeah, sorry for getting all defensive about that, not sure what got into me
Maybe you just didn't look hard enough (It doesn't take much to see though). It does make a difference if your on the mall or in the 'real' city. The mall is very touristy, where you see like 90% tourists and 10% locals, theres a big difference. Also the 'mall' is not a mall, its the national mall, where the Wash monument is, the capitol, the lincoln, etc

I can also see your point of view, because when I went to Houston, I only stayed in Downtown and only saw White and Black people like you, so I can understand
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:30 AM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Some interesting "unusual" diversity outposts:

Gulf Coast - in addition to the large black and white population with their own unique melange of cultures (i.e. Cajuns in Louisiana), there was a huge resettlement of Vietnamese resulting in many small towns being upwards of 25% Asian, and in recent years, especially post-Katrina, there's been a sizable Mexican and other Latino population increase.

Urban Eastern Pennsylvania - Most of the cities of Eastern Pennsylvania (Allentown, Bethlehem, Lancaster, York, Reading, etc.) have very large Latino populations, largely Puerto Ricans who migrated from New York for a cheaper cost of living, mixing with native black communities, and a diverse white community and nascent Asian (usually Vietnamese) communities.

Salt Lake City - The city has a very small (although growing) black population, but has a large Latino population (over 20%), a sizable Asian community and one of the largest concentrations of Pacific Islanders in the U.S. (many of whom are Mormon).

Anchorage - Sizable black, Latino, Asian and Native American population.

Providence - Very very diverse which surprises a lot of people. The city has almost equal numbers of whites (with a strong Italian and Portuguese influence) and Latinos (diverse but lots of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans), with large Cape Verdean, Brazilian and Cambodian communities as well.

California's Imperial Valley - This rural-ish area north of Sacramento has the largest concentration of Punjabi Indian Sikhs in the nation who have been there for over a generation and integrated with a large Mexican community, both of whom mixed with the white community and small number of blacks and Native Americans, leaving an interesting melange of cultures.

Hamtramck, Michigan - Detroit's most diverse suburb, once almost entirely Polish, but then a more diverse white population and an increasing number of blacks from the city moved in, and in the past 15 years or so, there's been a huge increase in virtually everything else, notably Bangladeshis (generally secondary immigrants from Queens), Albanians, Bosnians, Yemenis and Indians which makes it unique for an area known for it's rigid segregation.

The government has also been taking a more atypical approach so far as refugee resettlement in the past 10 years or so, choosing to settle newcomers generally in very "random" and homogenous cities such as Fargo, Sioux Falls, Lincoln, Manchester (NH), Burlington (VT), and Des Moines which while they remain overwhelmingly white, probably would surprise people by their relative diversity.

I will also say that I'm from northern Virginia and people who visit are always surprised by the incredible level of diversity in the area. I think it's become more known in recent years, but I suppose many people still think of Virginia (and much of the South) as being pretty much white and black. They tend to be surprised when they see the large number of Muslim women in head scarves, and hear the large amounts of Spanish being spoken, or if they were to look at my high school yearbook and see how many more Kims and Nguyens there were than Smiths.

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