Monday, February 14, 2011

White Flight In West Valley City, Utah: Racial Or Cultural?

On February 13th, 2010, the Deseret News published a lengthy article about the changing face of West Valley City, Utah. This community has been a prime target of immigrants, quite possibly because the housing is more affordable there. The majority of the immigrants are non-White. Many of the homes were built in the 1960s, when builders focused more on affordable single-family housing rather than the amenity-riddled trophy homes more characteristic in the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley. West Valley City homes still sold for as little as $36,000 as late as 1978. One article referenced in the story, entitled “Neighborhood Immigration and Native Out-Migration”, indicates residential segregation is on the rise; while not yet available at the American Sociological Review website, the article is discussed HERE.

One outcome of this phenonema has been White flight. Cindy Wilkey is thinking about moving. "It's depressing how things have gone downhill," said Wilkey. "It has definitely gotten to the point where we've talked about moving." Common complaints include the fact that many of the newcomers don't speak English, or don't understand city ordinances that prohibit things like adding tin-roofed shanties to the side of one's house. In addition, yards have fallen into disrepair. Three or four families sometimes cram into one house, their cars overflowing from driveways to dead lawns. And because most of the immigrants are non-White, some have begun to associate it with race.

Another Utah resident seems to think so, and posted his thoughts on Stormfront. In response to the conclusions of Kyle Crowder that Whites are still pretty resistant to sharing neighborhoods with non-Whites, GOLAZ wrote, "This is race realism. Third World immigration ruin the neighborhoods with inferior, backward standards (brown yard with vehicles parked on the lawn, overpacked houses with families, litter, crime upsurge) that exacerbate 'White flight' effect".

To illustrate the degree of change, West Valley City is now 45 percent non-White, and 31 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home. The West Valley City government recognizes the issue and is fighting to both retain native residents and welcome immigrants. During the past two years, Mayor Mike Winder has doubled the size of the residential code enforcement team. The crime rate is the lowest it's been in nearly half a decade. The city is also in the process of forming a diversity council which will devote its time to community outreach. There's also a citywide initiative to encourage immigrants to learn English. Mayor Winder wants a united community, where people aren't separated into groups by race.

Code enforcement is absolutely imperative. One of the biggest problems is when multiple families move into a single-family house. A neighborhood zoned for single-family housing is specifically designed for that purpose; the water, sewer, and road infrastructure reflect that rate of expected use. Load up a single-family home with three families, assuming six per family, and you suddenly have 18 people living in a single-family home. If this becomes prevalent, it can overload the water and sewer infrastructure. The people who imposed diversity, multiculturalism, and mass immigration upon us from the top down don't care about these effects, because they bought their way out of diversity a long time ago.

While Mayor Winder probably won't admit it openly, it's obvious he realizes that multiculturalism is dying and assimilation is the only sure way. British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicholas Sarkozy, and three other European leaders have reached similar conclusions, and recently stated them openly.

Many people commenting to the Deseret News story insist the issue is culture instead of race (after the jump):

Considering 10:01 p.m. Feb. 13, 2011 Stockton, UT:
It is a shame that articles (and the referenced study) such as this focus on race rather than on culture. Granted, culture may correlate strongly with race in some cases. But I firmly believe that for most of us these days, culture is far more important than race.

Most of us want to live in our own culture. Exposure to a different culture is fine. But living in it 24/7 is another thing altogether. And that extends far beyond nationality or race.

For example, near as I can tell, most people in this country do NOT want to live next door to horses, chickens, pigs, or other farm animals and the flies and other issues they bring. As evidence, most people choose to live in cities and suburbs with laws against keeping such animals. Most people like to visit a farm, sometimes. But they don't want to live on or next to one.

Those few of us who do prefer rural living seek it out. And we are none too happy if urbanites move in and then complain about our culture; just as the city folks would not appreciate a horse coral next door.

DN Subscriber 10:50 p.m. Feb. 13, 2011 Cottonwood Heights, UT:
So some people who like to keep their property nice get upset and move away when "diverse" people who prefer to add tin roofed shanties in their dying yards while multiple families with overflowing cars clutter the streets?

Perhaps the original buyers felt their property values might decline and it is in their economic interest to move while they still can. Or, they prefer to raise their children where people obey zoning laws and care for their property.

That is a clash of cultures, and while in the eyes of those from each culture, there is nothing "wrong" with their way of life, it may not be accepted by other cultures.

If you want to see what happens when this sort of stuff continues unabated, look at southern California.

In the old days, immigrants worked hard to become Americanized, learn English and do well in school, work hard and share the American dream. Now it seems like many from other lands seek to perpetuate their old homeland ways.

We are worse off allowing the continued Balkanization instead of assimilation. And the worst part is the bogus claim that "diversity" is always good.

RichardB 12:58 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011 Murray, UT:
WVC has almost 10% pacific Islander population also. Diversity is more than just the Hispanic culture.

And before you let the Deseret News convince you that living with people of our own culture is only a non-Hispanic thing, many people of other cultures feel the same way and seek out neighborhoods with high populations of their culture.

Non-Hispanic Caucasians are no different than any other race or culture.

Ricardo Carvalho 5:21 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011 Provo, UT:
We recently moved into the area and are looking for a home to purchase. Having lived the last 18 years in neighborhoods where [we] were not in the majority, we find ourselves looking for a diverse neighborhood with well cared for homes and yards. The neighborhoods in the upper end of our range tend to be mostly caucasian and well cared for. If we move a bit down the price range to pick up a bit of valued diversity, we tend to find neighborhoods with narrowed roads due to multiple cars at each house parked on the streets, varied levels of yard care and home upkeep, etc...

Where are the neighborhoods in Utah Valley that afford both diversity and aesthetics?

1 comment:

Justin Jordan said...

The yard care has been looking great around the parks.