The press blames black flight from major cities on whites, but history and numbers show that's not true — the Atlantic
Ta-Nehisi Coates a senior editor for The Atlantic,has over the last few days been having an ongoing discussion via his blog about urban development, race and gentrification. He argues that gentrification is less about race and more about socioeconomic factors (ie: class). Additionally, the argument is made that a spate of large-scale studies have shown that "gentrification doesn't, on average, produce a greater rate of turnover within the population of the gentrifying neighborhood." The discussion began with a post entitled Our Technocratic Overlords, then continued with Our Technocratic Overlords, Cont, A Hard Look At Gentrification, A Hard Look At Gentrification Cont. and A Harder Look At Gentrification Cont..