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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Latinos in Lawrence, Massachusetts

From the Boston Globe:

Immigrant Latino home buyers in Lawrence represent the "economic engine" that is driving the city's revitalization, according to a new study.

The study, funded by the Malden-based Immigrant Learning Center, found that the number of homes owned and occupied by Latino immigrants rose by 600 percent to 2,462 between 1990 and 2000, and that Latino homeowners are now represented across the city...

"The revitalization in Lawrence is not fueled by 'gentrification' as has been the case in many communities throughout America. In the case of Lawrence, the revitalizing force are immigrant Latino individuals and families, many of whom already live in city neighborhoods," the study said, observing later, "It is this influx of Latino immigrants that holds the reins of Lawrence's future success."

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