Surprise: More White Families & Farms Moving to PGCo (Demo)

I kept telling my sister-in-love (that’s what I call my sister-in-laws because I actually like them) that I’ve noticed more diversity cropping up in the county.  Actually, I’ve been pointing at non-Black people like I’m hosting an episode of Wild Kingdom, “Look, there’s another one.  See there, a family of them seem to be taking well to their new habitat.”  Now the Washington Post, via the U.S. Census Bureau,  has confirmed what I suspected: there has been a 4% increase in white children and a 4% decrease in Black children, both in the age range of 0-19 years old, which suggests an increase in white families. There has also been an increase in the Asian and Hispanic population
I say “yay” to all of this because I believe diversity can be a reality in Prince George’s County, unlike DC.   It seems, according to the articles, that families who are not experimenting with diversity are moving to this county and they are fully aware of the benefits and pitfalls.  They are surrounded by great communities and respectable neighbors who just happen to be Black.  Go figure.  In DC, the gentrifying types tend to see themselves as the ones who know what’s best for the community even though they’ve spent no time there, have no connection to the people, and insist that the neighborhood serve their every whim from erecting piss stained dog parks to closing off streets to local traffic.     
And who knew that the southern part of Prince George’s County is experiencing a major upsurge in farms.  Yup.  Farms.  Aint nobody called to tell me but, oh well.  With the foreclosure crisis leaving so much acreage behind, the area farmers have picked up the slack.  There is even an award-winning wine vineyard, Romano Vineyard & Winery, in Brandywine now.  I’ll be looking them up to feature them here.  They need our support to survive.
I can’t call this burgeoning change gentrification because economically, the new residents and new businesses are on equal footing with the surrounding communities.  Let’s just call it just that, new people moving to PGCo.  There will be economic and political implications that we’ll have to work through as a county but we’ll get to that.  For right now though, “Hi neighbor!!”
 
 

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