This story caught me by surprise. Manhattan is having a baby boom. White children under the age of five increased by 40% from 2000 to 2005. "For the first time since at least the 1960s, white children now outnumber either black or Hispanic youngsters in that age group in Manhattan."
Maybe this explains why housing is so unaffordable? Couples who used to move out in order to have children are staying here and increasing the demand for housing.
How much money do you need to properly raise a white kid in Manhattan? "The analysis shows that Manhattan’s 35,000 or so white non-Hispanic toddlers are being raised by parents whose median income was $284,208 a year in 2005."
In order to give the kid his own bedroom and a private school education, you need a lot of money. One father says, "Even though philosophically and politically I believe all public education should be of equal quality and wish that my kids could go to the public school...." End result, only private school is acceptable for his precious white kids.
Says one mother:
“I like them to see the variety of what’s in New York and have interactions with different kinds of people,” Ms. Lustig said. “If we lived in the suburbs, I don’t think my daughter would know much about the Trinidadian way of life or the Muslim holidays that are celebrated. She accepts that like it’s water or air.”
This diversity praised by Jessica Lustig is only good so long as the children don't have to attend the same public school with it.
Is it possible that there could one day be so many wealthy white kids here that they would overwhelm the poor minority kids and, once again, make the public schools safe for whites? I doubt it. Throughout Manhattan there are housing projects, each one a source of poor minority kids for the local school. Unless the housing projects are demolished, the public schools will remain bad and not suitable for rich white kids.