Apparently, they’ve stumbled onto something new. For the first time in almost 50 years, cities around the country have noticed the abrupt decline if not complete reversal of White Flight. For those of you that are unaware of what White Flight is, allow me to provide a brief explanation. White Flight is a trend in which working and middle class white familes move from inner city minority neighborhoods or suburbs to white suburbs or exurbs.
In layman terms, this basically means that the white families that originally left the inner city starting back in the 1950’s to move to the suburbs and raise their families, are now coming back and pushing the current residents out through various methods.
In addition to this, most cities are starting to see a type of “Black Flight”, in which, middle class black populations are starting to leave cities for the suburbs. These shifts in the population of a city have left local business scrambling to make up for lost revenue. Some businesses that have been in place for 20+ years have said that they intend on following their clients out to the suburbs while some businesses may end up closing altogether.
Whites have started to move back into cities in increasing rates due to the fact that their families are shrinking, and because of the fact that the price for a gallon of is approaching $5 in most places. I don’t have a problem with anyone moving anywhere, but I do take issue with new people coming into neighborhoods and completely gentrifying them to the point where they are almost unrecognizable. People with higher incomes are moving into areas and forcing people out of their own neighborhoods.
Do you think that this growing reversal in white flight is just a passing fad, or do you think that this is trend is indicative of something larger?