Sunday, May 2, 2004

Apartments reveal Nashville's growing diversity

"At meal time, a passer-by can smell Mexican and Central American aromas as well as the exotic mixtures of African cooking - hints that the apartments' residents come from at least 15 countries, making the complex one of the most culturally diverse places in the city."

"In the past five years, the 288-unit complex, set among some businesses and warehouses, has been home to several hundred refugees and immigrants escaping civil war, ethnic slaughter and terrible economic conditions from countries as varied as Somalia, Sudan, Mexico, Honduras, Vietnam, Iraq and Iran."

"Davidson County tops all other Tennessee counties in the percentage of foreign-born residents, more than tripling to 7% since 1990, according to the U.S. Census."

"That proportion of foreign-born residents also puts Davidson in the top 12% among all 3,200 counties in the nation."

The Tennessean

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