Thursday, January 30, 2014

The White Flight Myth

Save the place, kill the people at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Migration theory and urban planning.

Subject Article: "White Flight in England? White attraction rather than repulsion seems to be the story."

Other Links: 1. "Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration."
2. "Migration as a Strategy for Household Finance: A Research Agenda on Remittances, Payments, and Development."

Postscript: There exists an overtly stated link between quality of the built environment and migration. Walkable, dense, and diverse development will prevent people from leaving. This perspective is at odds with migration scholarship.Speaking from professional firsthand experience, urban planners and developers are ignorant of the migration patterns in their own backyard. This is a grave oversight that results in lousy policy. Well-intended efforts end up as boondoggles, perhaps making things worse instead of better.

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