so that's what landlords mean by a progressive neighborhood
Aaron Renn offers this figure in new geography (via Althouse), noting how the so-called “progressive” cities of Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, and Portland are distinguished as much by their whiteness as by their progressiveness.
Mr. Renn's provocative punch line: "As the college educated flock to these progressive El Dorados, many factors are cited as reasons: transit systems, density, bike lanes, walkable communities, robust art and cultural scenes. But another way to look at it is simply as White Flight writ large."
As a Minnesotan, I could offer a few defensive counterarguments (e.g., aren't many of the whites moving to Minneapolis coming from even whiter places like Cando, ND?). As a sociologist, however, I recognize a creepy and disturbing kernel of truth to Renn's account.