Politics and the Suburbs: Changing Demographics

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The February weekly series on life and politics in the suburbs continues with Lawrence Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. Today's topic: a look at who's moving into the suburbs and how the changing demographics are transforming life in the 'burbs.


Lawrence Levy

Comments [10]

Ash from nyc

The topic of Latino's and African American parents battling over resources in the suburban school system,...this should not be, if the need for certain resources has increased then funding should change with respect to it. I should not dispise my neighbor because they are recieving something they need, when I should also...expecially in the school system.

Public schools within the same district should provide equal resources and education, regardless of the cultural makeup of the students. That way, it would never matter if the school is mostly black or white or latino...etc.

Feb. 18 2010 11:07 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Life in the suburbs is transforming because people in general are transforming.

Feb. 18 2010 11:02 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Busing does NOT work!

Feb. 18 2010 11:01 AM
YourBoss from NYC

Tensions between different Latino/African American groups? Can we go over this in detail in future show please?

Feb. 18 2010 11:01 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Oh really? I did not know that there was tension between Black and Latino. I love how you people make these sweeping generalizations! Yes I did say YOU people.

Feb. 18 2010 11:01 AM
Kim Leong from Brooklyn

Ugh, haven't we learned by now that busing only destroys schools once decent schools, it doesn't help either side. How many more times do we need to revisit the same baloney... look at the results of the last 30 years.

Feb. 18 2010 10:56 AM
Stephen from Scarsdale

I grew up in the stereotypical Westchester Jewish household, in school district with primarily Jewish, Catholics, and Italians, but even from elementary school there was a large influx of new families from Japan and India, who moved into the neighborhood, because they got jobs in the suburbs, or moved to Westchester in order to commute to the city.

Feb. 18 2010 10:56 AM
bk from nyc

I grew up in the 1950's & 60's in one of the most exclusive enclaves of Marin County CA - my brother told me just last week that the fastest growing group buying property in Kentwoodlands right now is Chinese. In fact, when my mother sold our home in 1976 it was to a Chinese couple. (all properties in this area are in the multi-million dollars - even the 70's.)

Feb. 18 2010 10:53 AM
Mike from Inwood

"communities of culture"? All people have culture, even the people who lived in Hicksville before south Asians moved in.

Feb. 18 2010 10:48 AM
Nancy Gagnier from Maplewood, NJ

The townships of South Orange and Maplewood in NJ take great pride in being better than diverse: these suburbs have made a civic commitment to integration. The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a community-based non-profit that strives to build and sustain a community that is truly inclusive and racially integrated in schools, civic life, housing patterns, business and governement. There are few communities across the nation that take integration as seriously as we do here. With the concrete efforts of our volunteers through our committees and public events we take positive steps toward integration to build a strong community and a desirable place to live.

Feb. 18 2010 10:16 AM

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