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What Ethnic Diversity Looks Like: Fort Bend

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Air Langhi, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Air Langhi

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    SUGAR LAND — Nikhil Sabharwal of Toronto stood outside a hotel, next to a cart piled with luggage, holding a tall stick decorated with gold garland, a bhangra dance prop from an Indian wedding he had attended here. Steps away, at a coffee shop, a woman wearing a hijab sat near the spot where, minutes earlier, Lynne Gabriel, a fashion blogger of Filipino descent, had posed for photos for her website.

    All of this played out on Monday at the town square in Sugar Land, the largest city in Fort Bend County, which Stephen Klineberg, a sociology professor at Rice University, calls the most ethnically diverse county in America. By that, he means that this county southwest of Houston comes closer than any other county in the United States to having an equal division among the nation’s four major ethnic communities — Asian, black, Latino and white residents.

    Fort Bend, home to 627,000 people, was also the fifth-fastest-growing large county in the country between 2010 and 2012, according to Forbes magazine.

    “Fort Bend County is the new America,” said Mustafa Tameez, a Houston political strategist. Sugar Land, he said, has become a multicultural city — rather than a melting pot — with various ethnic communities, each maintaining its identity.

    Fort Bend County was 19 percent Asian, 24 percent Hispanic, 21 percent black and 36 percent whitein 2010, according to the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice. “The statistics for Fort Bend are just remarkable,” said Mr. Klineberg, co-director of the institute. (Rice University is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.)

    “There are very few Asians in Miami, very few Hispanics in San Francisco, very few African-Americans in Los Angeles. The greater

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    Been in Ft. Bend going on 20 years. Great place for a family.

    Now that my son is out of high school, looking to move closer to IAH. The 100-mile RT commute is a bear.
     
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    Why are there so many Indians in Sugar Land?
     
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    Because of this..

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    There are very few black people in LA?
     
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    I like Sugar Land. I looked at houses there a while back, but the location just didn't workout for us. But it's aight.
     
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    Yea I was just about to say the same thing..
     
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    I lived in Missouri City/Sugar Land for 13 years. That area is booming; many restaurants have been built in Missouri City especially since I left. The town square in Sugar Land is a really nice area.
     
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    US is 12.6% black. LA is 9.6%. Greater LA is 7.6%.

    Compare that to Houston which is 24% black, NYC (25.5%), and Chicago (32.9%).

    Now, Compton and Inglewood have a high % of black people (32.9% and 43.9%), but they're not LA.
     
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    SF = 15% hispanic and 6% black. So, I can see why they would say "very few" hispanics in SF. Nice article. Very well written. Nice attention to detail.
     
  12. eddiewinslow

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    all sugarland is is a community of people who want big homes but can't afford to buy them in west u,river oaks, or memorial. The mcmansions in sugarland are cheaper than a condo at 2727 kirby or the huntingdon
     
  13. Air Langhi

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    I live in river oaks. Truth is it isn't that far from the hood. Just go down gray and take a left. People want to get away from that especially when they have kids.
     
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    that's fine but price per sq ft is still staggering. My parents live in Southside place which is probably the highest price per sq ft in houston and its over $300/sq ft. The homes in sugar land even the $2M ones are like $150/ft if that. Pretenders keep pretending in suburbia, a 5000 sq ft lot in southside place,west u or river oaks is the same price as a 15-20k lot out there
     
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    and river oaks is a vast area. My aunt lives on inverness in the heart right off of willowick and there is no way that is anywhere near the hood. Those expensive areas are so secure and nowhere near any hood. You live closer to montrose in river oaks but thats still not a bad area, the royalton is right there
     
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    How did this become a thread about you being a snob and bragging about how much money your parents make. :rolleyes:

    I didn't read anything about that in the article.
     
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    He always talks about his parents. Just ignore him.
     
  18. eddiewinslow

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    im not im just saying sugarland is a place of mediocrity, i dont care how diverse it is, its basically just an area for wannabes who cant afford the city life. Well plenty can, but they can't have their mcmansions there

    and robbie is still a scrub trader whose always getting his butt hurt over me

    I smile thinking about how he always has to comment to my threads, that alone lets me know i've won and brings a smile to my heart
     
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    That's all fine and good, but I can't help but laugh when I think about people in New York or elsewhere reading that article and what they picture Town Square to be. I mean, I know they certainly aren't picturing an outdoor mall.
     
  20. Gutter Snipe

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    I'm glad your parents have helped you appreciate the city life, but it's not one that most people choose. Most people prefer to live out in the suburbs. Better bang for their buck and selecting a good school district for their kids are some of the reasons.

    I and the city of Houston appreciate the massive amounts of property tax that you all pay.
     

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