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Socially mixed neighbourhoods...

Every once in a while, someone will claim that areas benefit from a broad social mix. Maybe so, although now is the time for examining that proposition. The assumption by those claiming it is that the well-off leave areas because they are fearful snobs (in the debased sense) and want to be with their own, abandoning those lower on the economic food chain and failing to set a good example yadda yadda.

Anyway, a piece of research published by Pew Global upends this, to a degree at least:

It turns out that the US socio-economic group keenest on 'socio-economic diversity' are those on $100,000 plus and the least enthused are those on $30,000 or less. Evidently, what people do and what they say may well not be one and the same, and for all I know the comparatively wealthy are all for neighbourhood 'socio-economic diversity' because it makes hiring cleaners, pool boys and the like easier.

In other findings, Liberal Democrats are keenest on neighbourhood diversity in political opinion (65%) and Conservative Republicans the least (49%) while black folk are keener on ethnic diversity (83%) than Hispanics (69%) or Whites (60%)

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