Kelly O

There are a lot more brown-skinned folks in South Lake Union than in most other neighborhoods in Seattle. When I mentioned this to my basketball friends, one of them said, "But it's not black or Latino, is it?"

"Not much," I said. "By physical appearance, I'd guess most of the diversity is East Indian working tech and medical."

"So you've got white people and East Indians. Is that diverse?"

"And they are all college-educated and have good, even great, jobs."

"Not so diverse then."

When we speak of diversity, we speak blurrily about race. But we rarely speak of class, education, and politics. If everybody in a mixed-race neighborhood makes good money, then it's only partially diverse, right?

Partially diverse is an oxymoron. Does that make South Lake Union an oxymoronic destination? recommended