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White Flight/Black FlightThe Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood$
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Rachael A. Woldoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449185

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449185.001.0001

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The Parkmont Environment

The Parkmont Environment

(p.12) 1 The Parkmont Environment
White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides a portrait of Parkmont in order to show how white neighborhoods change into black neighborhoods—that is, the transformation of white flight into black flight. It first considers the racial and ethnic history of Parkmont in the context of urban housing after World War II and the implementation of school integration policies in the 1970s. It then examines the demographic, cultural, and physical changes that occurred in Parkmont over time. It also takes a look at the three key groups: the white stayers, the black pioneers, and the black second wavers. The stories of blacks and whites who are still living in Parkmont reveal the various stages of neighborhood transition that continue after the majority of white residents have left.

Keywords:   white neighborhoods, black neighborhoods, white flight, black flight, Parkmont, urban housing, school integration, white stayers, black pioneers, black second wavers

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