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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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Stella Zuk’s Story

Stella Zuk’s Story

Choosing to Stay

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter profiles Stella Zuk, an eighty-seven-year-old resident of Parkmont since 1951, in order to show how white stayers and black pioneers interpret their respective places in the community. It first describes the history of Parkmont and the relationships between white stayers and black pioneers before focusing on Stella's story. Stella shares her personal experience of aging in Parkmont over the years and says she wants to stay in the neighborhood for as long as possible. She also reflects on the white neighbors who left and the factors that led them to move out of the community. Stella's vignette reveals that elderly white stayers view their decision to remain in a black community as a logical choice and an assertion of independence, and that they have sophisticated understandings of neighborhood racial change. The chapter considers Stella's immersion into an elderly life cycle stage that involves aging in place within the context of white flight and interracial relations in changing neighborhoods.

Keywords:   white flight, Stella Zuk, Parkmont, white stayers, black pioneers, racial change, aging in place

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