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Old 09-17-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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I think NYC makes a strong case when it comes to the young Black professional scene and then loses steam as you start to think about raising a family. It falls well behind DC and Atlanta in that regard, that is, if you value living in upper class Black communities.

What I like most about New York is that there are a lot of Black-owned hangout spots in the city that are NOT nightclubs. How many cities, for example, have one Black-owned coffee shop where you can just chill with your laptop around other Black professionals?
While the NYC metro may not have the large concentration like PG County in the DC area or DeKalb County in the Atlanta area, it does have options for middle/upper class Black families within the city and in the suburbs. I posted information in a thread just in regards to the NY State portion of the metro and parts of NNJ would have some areas/neighborhoods as well.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Okay basically their are seven sector that are foundational pillars.
Media
Education
Arts and Entertainment
Government
Religion
Family
Economy

Media the Mecca is probably LA or NY and Atlanta third
Education I would say Atlanta is the Mecca.
Arts and Entertainment NYC is the Mecca
Government DC is the Mecca
Religion Atlanta is the Mecca
Family really no city to many single mothers and generational disinvestment in each city.
Economy NYC is the Mecca
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But this is about AA mecca, can you do this geared toward AA
I thought he was. I took that as saying that for instance, AA's that want to get ahead in media would go to LA.

And even if he just meant in general it is worth mentioning that non-racial sectors like this are far more quantifiable. If you want to be big in finance you go to Wall Street, you wouldn't pick Atlanta - even if you are black. A black country music singer would go to Nashville, no question - not DC.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I moved away 7 months ago to metro Philly (south Jersey).
What do you think of the Philly area as a young Black professional?
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Blacks with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Zip Code

West/Central Harlem:

10039 (2,729) (0.4 sq. mi.)
10026 (3,754) (0.3 sq. mi.)
10027 (4,672) (0.9 sq. mi.)
10030 (2,858) (0.3 sq. mi.)
10037 (2,878) (0.3 sq. mi.)
10031 (3,896) (0.6 sq. mi.)

Total: 20,787 (25.7%) (2.8 sq. mi.)

Washington, DC (U Street, Columbia Heights, Shaw, Ledroit Park/Howard U):

20001 (3,797) (2.2 sq. mi.)
20009 (2,491) (1.3 sq. mi.)
20010 (1,715) (1.1 sq. mi.)

Total: 8,003 (29.5%) (4.6 sq. mi.)

Brooklyn (Ft. Greene/CH, Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights):

11205 (2,293) (0.9 sq. mi.)
11221 (5,205) (1.4 sq. mi.)
11238 (4,814) (1.1 sq. mi.)
11233 (6,977) (1.3 sq. mi.)

Total: 19,289 (21.1%) (4.7 sq. mi.)
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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What do you think of the Philly area as a young Black professional?
It's quite different here, especially coming from Atlanta. Although I haven't fully gotten my feet wet, I can already tell that the area just isn't as socially dynamic as other cities that have higher levels of domestic migration and more robust white-collar employment bases. But there's a lot to do and see here and while it might not be an Atlanta or DC, it does better than most for our demographic.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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It's quite different here, especially coming from Atlanta. Although I haven't fully gotten my feet wet, I can already tell that the area just isn't as socially dynamic as other cities that have higher levels of domestic migration and more robust white-collar employment bases. But there's a lot to do and see here and while it might not be an Atlanta or DC, it does better than most for our demographic.
OK I just have to ask. Would you struggle in a place like Seattle, Portland, Austin etc.. with very few AA professionals relative to the city population? I guess this an open question, because I'm in ATL a lot but it seems to me that Southern AA's struggle not being in that particular environment. I really am just wondering.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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It's quite different here, especially coming from Atlanta. Although I haven't fully gotten my feet wet, I can already tell that the area just isn't as socially dynamic as other cities that have higher levels of domestic migration and more robust white-collar employment bases. But there's a lot to do and see here and while it might not be an Atlanta or DC, it does better than most for our demographic.
That's for sure. You've got a lot of colleges and universities in the area and a decent number of younger Black professionals. So there are decent-sized networks you can plug into. There just aren't too many places you can randomly go to if you need your Buppie cultural fix.

You should check out Warmdaddy's if you haven't already.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LImsw1Asfvc
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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OK I just have to ask. Would you struggle in a place like Seattle, Portland, Austin etc.. with very few AA professionals relative to the city population? I guess this an open question, because I'm in ATL a lot but it seems to me that Southern AA's struggle not being in that particular environment. I really am just wondering.
It would be a pretty big adjustment, particularly if I didn't already know people there.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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OK I just have to ask. Would you struggle in a place like Seattle, Portland, Austin etc.. with very few AA professionals relative to the city population? I guess this an open question, because I'm in ATL a lot but it seems to me that Southern AA's struggle not being in that particular environment. I really am just wondering.
I would definitely struggle. I'd have an easier time living in some place like Thailand, which would be a completely novel and radical experience for me, than I would living in Austin.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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That's for sure. You've got a lot of colleges and universities in the area and a decent number of younger Black professionals. So there are decent-sized networks you can plug into. There just aren't too many places you can randomly go to if you need your Buppie cultural fix.

You should check out Warmdaddy's if you haven't already.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LImsw1Asfvc
Thanks, will have to put them on my to-do list.
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