The New Face Of Harlem, NY

An article in today’s New York Times reminded me of what I love most about American, it’s a melting pot of every color found in the human race.

Afro-Americans now make up less than half of the people living in the of borough of Harlem in New York City.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/nyregion/06harlem.html?ref=global-home

No place represents Afro-American culture more than Harlem.  In 1950 blacks made up 98% of the population.  Since 2000 the numbers of whites has doubled, and, along with the increasing number of Hispanics, is turning Harlem into the rainbow colored melting pot that is America.

Do you agree that American is becoming a much less segregated country than in the past?

I wonder if when a life long resident of Harlem looks out their window they think “Well, there goes the neighborhood” like my father did when the first black family moved near us.

When I was growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s my hometown of Stamford, CT, was a racially, and ethnically, divided city.  The Irish, Italians, Poles, and Blacks, all had their own neighborhood.  While Stamford still has some division it’s with money, not race.  My fathers old neighborhood, “Dublin” is still on the wrong side of the tracks, with lower property values, but no longer because it’s where the Irish live.

How much has your old neighborhood changed since you grew up there?

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