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Old 09-10-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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Has anyone noticed how many poor people are moving into Northern and Western Montgomery County? I am talking about the number of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds getting reduced lunches in towns like Wheaton, Silver Springs, Gaithersburg and Germantown. And the social problems that have increased due to the number of people who live in poverty.

It use to be so nice throughout Montgomery County. What happened? Too much development of townhouses and apartments? Changing demographics? I am always shocked at the people I see at Wheaton Center and Lake Forest Mall.

Does anyone else think that Montomery County outside of Bethesda and Potomac is going down hill fast?
It's really "unsafe" isn't it? I'd recommend people stay indoors if they don't live in Bethesda or Potomac.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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Mont. Co is a liberal country and is well equipped to deal with the low income influx. In fact the low income families deserve to go to Mont. co.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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i concur, i was visiting the area for the holidays last week, and noticed there weren't to many good people left in the area like "us". remember how america used to be?
You don't have to go too far back in American history to find a time when people complained about influxes of Italians, Jews and other white non-Protestants, saying that you couldn't find people like "us" anymore. Unless you're yearning for the days when Italians like my grandparents and great-grandparents lived in tenement housing, and Jews were barred from attending many private schools, I'm not sure the past was so wonderful.

It's also news to me that a Latino family in Wheaton or Cameroonians in Burtonsville are less likely to be good people. I guess I'm just laboring under the bizarre assumption that being an upper middle class white person doesn't make you a better person than a working class person of color, it just makes you a more privileged one.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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You don't have to go too far back in American history to find a time when people complained about influxes of Italians, Jews and other white non-Protestants, saying that you couldn't find people like "us" anymore. Unless you're yearning for the days when Italians like my grandparents and great-grandparents lived in tenement housing, and Jews were barred from attending many private schools, I'm not sure the past was so wonderful.

It's also news to me that a Latino family in Wheaton or Cameroonians in Burtonsville are less likely to be good people. I guess I'm just laboring under the bizarre assumption that being an upper middle class white person doesn't make you a better person than a working class person of color, it just makes you a more privileged one.
I moved to Gaithersburg recently. I went grocery shopping, and there's one store which has lots of immigrants and Latinos. I saw kids pestering their parents for candy, and fathers and mothers looking over shopping lists. I was absolutely shocked at how normal they seemed, believe it or not, they actually seemed like harmless human beings. I did not feel like my livelihood was being threatened while in that grocery store.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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It seems to me the thread is less about race and ethnicity than income brakets. If a Hispanic family could afford a 600k mortgage, I am sure they would be welcomed just the same. Certainly not all low income people are criminials, and not all wealthy people are saints. Just the same it only takes a few bad apples to really reduce the standard of living for everyone in a neighborhood.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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It seems to me the thread is less about race and ethnicity than income brakets. If a Hispanic family could afford a 600k mortgage, I am sure they would be welcomed just the same. Certainly not all low income people are criminials, and not all wealthy people are saints. Just the same it only takes a few bad apples to really reduce the standard of living for everyone in a neighborhood.
I just don't feel automatically scared or nervous by "poor" people.

I guess it's either my naive youth or the fact that I've lived in different countries and have/had a very diverse group of friends.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I just don't feel automatically scared or nervous by "poor" people.

I guess it's either my naive youth or the fact that I've lived in different countries and have/had a very diverse group of friends.
Nor should you.

But buying a house is a long term investment. Section 8 housing or even too many rentals nearby is a big red flag. The transient nature of the residents, and the higher likelihood of criminality, obnoxious ignorant behavior, or just poor community pride and neighborhood upkeep, are things that can make day to day life a drag or worse.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:52 AM
 
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I have noticed a general movement to poor behavior by people who are struggling economically especially those from minority backgrounds. It use to be that poor meant proud, now it means tacky in many cases. More and more of those type of people are moving into Northern and Eastern Montgomery County MD.

(Yes, not all poor people are bad or are all rich people good but if a person is lower class I find in general they are more likely to be poor neighbors in their behavior)

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It seems to me the thread is less about race and ethnicity than income brakets. If a Hispanic family could afford a 600k mortgage, I am sure they would be welcomed just the same. Certainly not all low income people are criminials, and not all wealthy people are saints. Just the same it only takes a few bad apples to really reduce the standard of living for everyone in a neighborhood.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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There's plenty of room for y'all across the Potomac!
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:15 PM
 
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Has anyone noticed how many poor people are moving into Northern and Western Montgomery County? I am talking about the number of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds getting reduced lunches in towns like Wheaton, Silver Springs, Gaithersburg and Germantown. And the social problems that have increased due to the number of people who live in poverty.

It use to be so nice throughout Montgomery County. What happened? Too much development of townhouses and apartments? Changing demographics? I am always shocked at the people I see at Wheaton Center and Lake Forest Mall.

Does anyone else think that Montomery County outside of Bethesda and Potomac is going down hill fast?
Montgomery County is filled with liberals who love that. They want more poor people and more illegals. It makes them feel good to pay higher taxes to support all those needy people. Heck, they've even made the county a sanctuary county for illegals and providing all the services that then need. The demographics are changing because the county is welcoming them! Those of us who live in VA are more than happy to direct the poor and illegals to Maryland!
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