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17 January 2008

A Suburb Looks Nervously at Its Urban Neighbor - New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/us/17shaker.html?ex=1358312400&en=a5f3936b1d8229f8&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
A Suburb Looks Nervously at Its Urban Neighbor- New York Times
"For many outsiders, the attack on Mr. McDermott is seen as comeuppance for a community that seemed smug about its wealth, security and racial diversity.

“I wonder how much ‘tolerance’ the ‘progressive,’ snooty, pseudo-intellectual limousine liberal, socialists of Shaker Heights will show now that the thugs are in their neighborhood too,” a reader wrote on a Cleveland Plain Dealer blog.

Ludlow residents understand that for a place just seven blocks across, their little neighborhood carries tremendous symbolic weight.

“People in the Cleveland area resent us because we’re a repudiation of everything they believe,” said Brian Walker, 56, who was among the first African-Americans to attend Ludlow school. “We’re proof that white people and black people can live together.”...MORE

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