Re: Most homogeneous city?

David Ferrier (
Sun, 13 Oct 96 18:10:38 GMT

In article <53qk0a$>, (Charles Packer) wrote:
>At a food festival here in Washington, D.C. I was struck by
>the racial and physiognomic diversity of the crowd, even
>though, as a long-time resident, I've come to take the
>multicultural nature of the city for granted. Now, I wonder,
>where in the U.S. or Canada could one have the _opposite_
>experience, that is, be in a crowd in which everyone looked
>alike? My guess is that it would most likely be on an Indian
>reservation, or possibly in some small city in the Midwest or
>South founded by some close-knit immigrant group. Can anybody
>suggest specific candidates for the most homogeneous city in
Several upstate New York cities spring to mind--Peeksille, Tarrytown,

Part of the homogeity was due to the large proportion of townsfolk
employed by IBM. I have never been to Rochester, New York, but I have
heard real estate agents have asked prospective clients, "would you like
the IBM end or the Kodak end of town."

Michigan and Illinois small towns seemed pretty homogeneous to me--also
Michigan. Kalamzoo springs to mind.

I have spent a lot of time in Florida, and the people around the Tampa
Bay area all seem to be stamped out with cookie cutters.

Even the people of the south coast of California including the Beaches
areas of Los Angeles seemed, to me, to be homogenous--everyone had
beads, medicine bags, skateboards, and squints.

David Ferrier (whose father was Scottish)

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