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Is Being White a Topic in Your Neighborhood?

A Philadelphia Magazine report on race has stirred controversy.

The cover story of March's Philadelphia Magazine, Being White in Philly, has sparked debate about race relations and discussions throughout the Philadelphia area.

The piece cites comments from anonymous white residents of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood in analyzing local discussions of race.

Journalists criticizing the piece include a Philadelphia Magazine reporter; the magazine's editor wrote a column defending the decision to publish it.

Most neighborhoods in Patches throughout the greater Philadelphia area see ethnicity represented in different proportions than in the city itself. The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey of 2007 to 2011 estimates that 45 percent of Philadelphia residents identify themselves as black, compared to 43 percent as white, 12 percent as Hispanic and 7 percent as Asian.

Read on for ethnicity statistics for all area Patch neighborhoods, then tell us in the comments section below: What's the discussion like in your neighborhood?

Note: Some ZIP codes include more than one county.

Place White % Black % Asian % Hispanic % CHESTER COUNTY 89 7 4 6 Wayne, St. David's (19087) 90 3 7 2 Paoli (19301) 88 4 9 2 Devon (19333) 84 5 13 1 Berwyn (19312) 90 3 6 4 Malvern/Frazer (19355) 90 2 8 4 East/West Goshen (19380) 90 6 4 5 West Chester, Westtown (19382) 91 6 3 4 Oaks (19456) 93 0 7 5 Phoenixville (19453) 93 7 0 4 Phoenixville (19460) 88 6 5 3 DELAWARE COUNTY 75 20 5 3 Broomall, Radnor (19008) 89 3 9 1 Villanova (19085) 91 4 7 3 Haverford Township (19083) 93 2 5 2 Newtown Square (19073) 96 1 3 1 Media (19063) 91 6 4 2 Springfield (19064) 95 1 4 0 MONTGOMERY COUNTY  84 9 7 4 Bala Cynwyd (19004) 90 6 5 3 Narberth, Penn Valley (19072) 93 3 6 2 Merion Station (19066) 92 6 3 3 Wynnewood, Penn Wynne (19096) 85 7 11 3 Ardmore (19003) 82 13 6 4 Haverford (19041) 93 5 4 2 Bryn Mawr (19010) 83 7 10 4 Gladwyne (19035) 96 0 5 1 PHILADELPHIA 43 45 7 12 Mt. Airy (19119) 35 63 3 3 Chestnut Hill (19118) 82 15 3 4 Manayunk (19127) 88 10 1 5 Roxborough (19128) 89 8 3 3

Source: American Community Survey 2007-11. Census Bureau sampling does not follow the same methodology as the decennial census. Because respondents are able to claim more than one race and some ethnicities are omitted, percentages on some lines may not add up to 100.

Caitlin March 11, 2013 at 09:39 PM
CAUGHT RED-HANDED: "wendy 8:44 am on Sunday, February 24, 2013 [comment taken from article in regards to the plan to build a Wendy's on Rox Ave] ...coupled with the influx of displaced high school students will impact the neighborhood in a very negative way. My husband and I are local business owners, we choose to have our business in Roxborough because it is a terrific area. It is heartbreaking to see a great neighborhood overtaken in such a negative way by outside interests, while the residents have zero say in what happens to a place where their families have lived for generations." http://roxborough.patch.com/articles/bunting-house-to-become-a-wendy-s
Caitlin March 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Wendy is a fraud.
RoxGuy March 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Wendy and her beau own Barry's steaks. They've got some damn fine steaks, possibly the best in the city, but unfortunately they're served with a side of bigotry.
wendy March 11, 2013 at 09:54 PM
There are two Wendy's on here, I haven't made all the comments. Your posting direct quotes from posts that aren't connected to the right person.
Caitlin March 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Oh, I apologize. Are you the philanthropist reading teacher bigot or the steak shop bigot? Because both user's comments have racist undertones.

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