According to a recent article, Blacks are starting to lose their majority in historic Harlem. Details under the hood.
Once the mecca for black professionals, historic residential properties and cultural institutions, Harlem is losing its black residency to other races who have moved there in recent years. New reports show that blacks are no longer a majority of the population in greater Harlem, which runs from East 96th Street and West 106th Street to West 155th Street.
The shift, which was made nearly a decade ago, has been overlooked until now. Blacks account for six in 10 residents, but since 2000 the proportion of whites living there has more than doubled to greater than one in 10 residents, making it the highest number since the 1940s. Also on the rise, the Hispanic population, which was mostly concentrated in East Harlem, is now at an all-time high in central Harlem, up 27 percent since 2000.
There is nothing wrong with diversity, but looking at the historically African-American background of Harlem is this a good thing or a bad thing?