The Urban Inquirer
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Is New York City a Melting Pot or a Salad Bowl: Residential Segregation

Everyone likes to think of New York City as one of the most diverse places in the World. They aren’t wrong in New York you can find residents or tourists from all around the world. This is what leads to people thinking of New York City as the “melting pot”. However, are all the diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities actually mixing together or do they stay separated in their own neighborhoods and form their own little communities. Why is it that New York city is still one of the most segregated cities in the country, when we are known for the rich diversity posed by the city?

In the article, These Maps Show Just How Segregated New York City Really Is, talks about this underlying issue that many people living in New York don’t even realize. The fact that we live in a city that is full of people living in certain neighborhoods due to similarity in race and income. A major point that is talked about in the article is that minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are more willing in mixing within neighborhoods, but there is a distinct line between minorities and whites.

Neighborhoods that are known as predominantly white neighborhoods tend to stay like that as the years go by and usually the case for neighborhoods with large minorities concentration. Another topic the article touches base on, is that residential segregation has occurred due to the fact of previous and various social and historical reasons. This has played a major role in why residential segregation is very much persistent today.  In addition to that, something that I found very interesting that the article mentioned was that residential segregation has a direct effect on the segregation that is shown through out the schools in New York City. This means New York City has one of the most segregated school systems, as well, in the whole country.

It’s sad to see that our city still faces issues that come along with residential segregation. We need to find a way where we can create neighborhoods that are welcoming to every single person despite where they come from and how they look.  For years, New York City has drawn lines between neighborhoods that separate you from people that are different from you but it’s about time we just let it go. People need to feel the freedom of being able to choose where they want to live.  Let’s stop the self- segregation and start accepting the idea of being a real melting pot.

For Further Reading on Residential Segregation:

What It’s Like to Live in Segregated New York

2 Comments to “Is New York City a Melting Pot or a Salad Bowl: Residential Segregation”

  1. Joel Mendez says:

    This article was great in the ay there were so many facts behind your argument. The visual that was used also helped me get a solid idea of how serious this residential segregation will continue to be if we as a whole don’t act on it soon. For me being in such a diverse neighborhood, one of out many of course, but how could everyone, so invested and consumed in their own beliefs, as a whole really accept the idea that America is a melting pot; why change it.

  2. Sekai Dolin says:

    I agree with your post. New York has many people of different ethnic backgrounds, however, everyone tends to stay around people of the same ethnicity or race. This is evident throughout all 5 boroughs. In order to be a melting pot, all of the cultures would have to fuse together to make one culture unique to New York.

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