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Old 06-17-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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That's true, there are districts throughout the city, but they're just that, districts. I lived in a neighbourhood with mostly whites, and fairly close to areas with Mexicans and Koreans. However once you crossed into either of these areas, there was a completely different feel. There were a lot of places in my area that I went to that hardly ever saw white people. Houston is diverse, but it's not nearly as integrated as LA.
Hmmm...I dont know about that. Both Houston and LA have areas that are super integrated and super segregated. If you are talking about the cities only and not the metro areas, then I would say Houston is a lot more integrated than LA. If you take the full metro areas, then its a wash.

According to this study done by the Manhattan institute, Dallas, Houston, and LA are the three most integrated metro areas in the US.

Civic Report 66 | THE END OF THE SEGREGATED CENTURY: Racial Separation in America's Neighborhoods, 1890-2010

Now, I do have to take some issue with the notion of the Pacific Northwest being labeled the most racially harmonious. It very well may be, but its also not racially diverse. Seattle is multicultral (as is Portland to a lesser degree) because of the large variety of Asian cultures and Seattle has a sizable Ethiopian community as well, but racially diverse it is not.

Because of this, comparing places like Seattle or Portland to LA, Houston, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, DC, etc. is kind of like comparing apples and oranges. Those places have a lot more racial diversity, but admittedly have had a more checkered history with racial tension. But we really dont know how people in the Northwest would react to the wild demographic swings that people in the cities named have experienced. How would Seattle re-act if, in a matter of 10 years, Mexicans/African-Americans became the majority of the city? How would people in Portland re-act to 600,000 new Hispanics in a 10 year time frame? The fact is, neither city has those wild trends. The bulk of growth comes from Asia and lets face it, they are much more approved by white culture than Hispanics or African Americans.

I say this not to imply that the Pac NW is somehow racist or anything of the sort, but we cant really compare Seattle or Portland to other MSA's/cities in the South or California.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Hmmm...I dont know about that. Both Houston and LA have areas that are super integrated and super segregated. If you are talking about the cities only and not the metro areas, then I would say Houston is a lot more integrated than LA. If you take the full metro areas, then its a wash.

According to this study done by the Manhattan institute, Dallas, Houston, and LA are the three most integrated metro areas in the US.

Civic Report 66 | THE END OF THE SEGREGATED CENTURY: Racial Separation in America's Neighborhoods, 1890-2010

Now, I do have to take some issue with the notion of the Pacific Northwest being labeled the most racially harmonious. It very well may be, but its also not racially diverse. Seattle is multicultral (as is Portland to a lesser degree) because of the large variety of Asian cultures and Seattle has a sizable Ethiopian community as well, but racially diverse it is not.

Because of this, comparing places like Seattle or Portland to LA, Houston, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, DC, etc. is kind of like comparing apples and oranges. Those places have a lot more racial diversity, but admittedly have had a more checkered history with racial tension. But we really dont know how people in the Northwest would react to the wild demographic swings that people in the cities named have experienced. How would Seattle re-act if, in a matter of 10 years, Mexicans/African-Americans became the majority of the city? How would people in Portland re-act to 600,000 new Hispanics in a 10 year time frame? The fact is, neither city has those wild trends. The bulk of growth comes from Asia and lets face it, they are much more approved by white culture than Hispanics or African Americans.

I say this not to imply that the Pac NW is somehow racist or anything of the sort, but we cant really compare Seattle or Portland to other MSA's/cities in the South or California.
Seattle's Hispanic population nearly doubled 2000-2010.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Where Else...?
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That's true, there are districts throughout the city, but they're just that, districts. I lived in a neighbourhood with mostly whites, and fairly close to areas with Mexicans and Koreans. However once you crossed into either of these areas, there was a completely different feel. There were a lot of places in my area that I went to that hardly ever saw white people. Houston is diverse, but it's not nearly as integrated as LA.
I wish I could speak on LA, but I've never been, much less live there. But I know that Houston is very diverse all around. The diversity isn't just concentrated inside the loop.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:32 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Bay Area (most parts), Seattle and Honolulu.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:48 AM
 
Location: classified
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It's different once you get outside the inner loop.
Actually the area inside I-610 is more segregated than the area outside I-610. You have areas such as Southwest Houston and the suburbs of Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Pearland which are very integrated with no racial majority and even other suburbs such as The Woodlands have a rapidly growing Mexican population.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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Of the places I lived, I'd say Sacramento to be the most laid-back about race.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Areas that are hot beds for growth seem to be doing well on the racial harmoniousness side of things. Everyone is just trying to start a fresh and grow. The sunbelt cities seem to be doing alright it's more of a socio economic divide than racial it seems. Someone mentioned Charlotte and I agree also Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:36 PM
 
Location: south central
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Worcester has really mellow race relations, especially in comparison to that bigger city a few miles east. Worcester hosts an annual "underground" world cup. I want to say everyone "comes together" for this, but in general, people mix well the rest of the year too. You have a lot of the most common ethnic groups of Worcester competing as countries in the tournament, and I think in this year's finals Ghana beat Brazil. The city has a larger proportion white population than other Massachusetts cities, a substantial Latino population, and lots of black and Asian and Middle Eastern residents. Not much in the way of racist mafias, busing riots, and bulldozing poor and minority neighborhoods. Very chill atmosphere.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Certain parts of the Bay Area. Some San Francisco neighborhoods have always been diverse and integrated (I.e. Tenderloin, Lakeview). Oakland is home to some of the most integrated neighborhoods in America. In certain parts of East Oakland like the 20's, blacks, Latinos and Asians can be seen hanging out together.

OF RACE AND PLACE: San Antonio/Oakland / Flavors meld in community east of lake - SFGate
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Oakland is very integrated and I would say, more so than San Francisco.


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Certain parts of the Bay Area. Some San Francisco neighborhoods have always been diverse and integrated (I.e. Tenderloin, Lakeview). Oakland is home to some of the most integrated neighborhoods in America. In certain parts of East Oakland like the 20's, blacks, Latinos and Asians can be seen hanging out together.

OF RACE AND PLACE: San Antonio/Oakland / Flavors meld in community east of lake - SFGate
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