Would you like to learn more about neighborhood selection and race? Take a look at this case study in Los Angeles by C. Aujean Lee

Please enjoy the following article from the Journal of Urban Affairs, available online.

“Working towards a better future for ourselves”: Neighborhood choice of middle-class Latino and Asian homeowners in Los Angeles, by C. Aujean Lee


Homeownership remains the largest asset for families of color and a pathway for socioeconomic opportunities. Latinos and Asian Americans are also the fastest growing groups in the U.S. Yet, little is known about their neighborhood selection and homebuying process. This pilot study examines differences between middle-class Latino and Asian neighborhood selection into Latino, Asian, and White neighborhoods using 36 interviews. The findings demonstrate how neighborhood preferences are tied to homeowner desire to translate socioeconomic advancement into neighborhood amenities. However, this preference is shaped by their explicit and implicit racial biases connected to neighborhood selection. Both groups of homeowners developed racialized viewpoints about neighborhood composition and their preferred amenities before the homebuying process. This study advances knowledge on the social structural sorting perspective and how passive and indirect socialization influences the perception of racial hierarchies and place.

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