Are Upstate New York Tourist Towns Ready For Diversity?

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Lake Placid is one of America's most popular small town tourism destinations. Visitorship here is slightly more diverse than the rest of the North Country, but nearly 80 percent of the tourists are still white. (Brian Mann/NCPR)

The Adirondacks in upstate New York is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the U.S., with millions traveling to the small towns each year.

But troubling racial incidents in the Adirondacks this summer have sparked conversations among some visitors and experts in the tourism industry who say that people of color do not always feel welcome or safe there. Brian Mann of Here & Now contributor North Country Public Radio reports.


Brian Mann, Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio. He tweets @BrianMannADK.

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