Interesting to learn that there are those who consider the prices of houses in a neighborhood decrease when black folks move into those in Minnesota. For me, I have lived in integrated neighborhoods in Florida and found them to be wonderful places to live alongside some wonderful people of all races. The timing for living in one neighborhood was what hurt and caused the prices to decrease because it was during the time of an extensive increase of 125% over two to three years, with house flipping galore and corrupt deals between banks and developers. It had nothing to do with the makeup of the people moving in when the overall housing bubble collapsed and prices fell. I repeat. the decrease in prices had nothing to do with black people moving in because it was integrated and those who were black suffered just as much as those who were white.
One step further. In the last couple of years, looking for a home in upstate New York, the prices of homes were so very expensive in areas which are more integrated than here in Tioga County, NY. In this county Republicans are in the majority and there is a very large white majority. To hear someone here complain about “housing prices will go down should black people move in” is absolutely a bunch of drivel.
Once again, there are too many Americans who don’t even recognize what it means for capitalism. If you have more people of any color move into areas and are able to create new developments for all, you have more people purchasing the homes. The demand is up. If the supply is low, the prices go up. If the housing inventory is too large, the prices go down. It’s called capitalism, stupid and that means supply and demand considerations.
Right now, there is an opportunity for Tioga County, NY, to bring in new residents of nay color, due to the opportunities to move into the “country” and work remotely from home. The idea is that we need to create jobs first in order to develop the area. But in this case, there is a potential market with those who are seeking lower prices and living in a more open area, rather than in urban areas where it is sometimes easier to contract viruses and bacteria.
In the end, If you develop an area with lower-priced housing, you can then attract the business, opportunities for more people, and jobs for more people. It is ludicrous for those in Minnesota to consider that blacks ruin a neighborhood. And too many Republicans claim “there is no systemic racism?” I don’t want to hear such BS anymore. If you build it, they will come, including all people and all races. That is a good thing which I saw the positives of such actions in Florida.There are simply too many Republicans who don’t like this idea because they wish to destsroy the ability of registering voters of all colors.
Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)
Newark Valley, NY
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