The neighborhood is changing.
If you ever hear that, ask "How is it changing?" and you'll likely get a response like, "Changing. You know. Changing."
What they're probably not saying is, "What has changed is that black people live here."
You don't need me to tell you that Buffalo's suburbs are in the midst of a demographic shift - as are suburban communities across the United States - and it's not just an increase in the number of African-American residents. There are more Hispanic people and more Asian-Americans. Diversity has found suburbia.
But with that change comes fear, as local police agencies have seen. In the past, that fear - in part, anyway - led to flight from the cities and into the suburbs. The question is: Will something similar happen again? Or is it already happening?
--- Bruce Andriatch