White (and Black) Flight
From the story:
The documentary, “A New Metropolis” by filmmaker Andrea Torrice, focuses on a number of problems, including white-flight, dwindling tax bases, crumbling infrastructure and population loss, that have affected many inner-ring suburbs.This is an interesting formulation. After all, what the people who moved out took with them was themselves. They didn't take sidewalks and fire hydrants. What they took were their own earning power and lifestyles.
(Yeadon Councilwoman Jacqueline) Puriefoy-Brinkley said many inner-ring suburbs were formed to create spaces for white people to live outside of cities. When blacks began moving in, many white people left and took the resources with them, she said.
It isn't just white people who fled and continue to flee cities. Black families leave as well to make a better life for themselves and to protect their children from the negative influences of the inner-city culture and lousy schools. Left behind were people without the personal resources or interest to get up and go themselves.
A social truism is that bad culture chases out good culture. It hardly ever works the other way around.