Unconventional Gateways is a research project that investigates Latino immigration and migration. Rather than focus on well-researched cities like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, it looks instead at “unconventional” urban spaces with sharp increases in their Latino populations such as Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
This projected is rooted in the Washington, D.C. community, past and present. Although the Latino community has doubled since 1990, the Latino presence in the district reaches back well over 50 years. The demographics of the Latino community have changed over time and continue to change. Various experiences and identities are encapsulated by the term “Latino” and the Washington, D.C. metro area has one of the most diverse Latino populations in the country. There is much to explore, learn, and share.
Unconventional Gateways helps understand changes in U.S. culture, Latino diversity, and the importance of place. How and where geographically Latinos create their American experiences influences the production of Latinidad (Latino-ness), urban culture, and the shifting racial/ethnic narrative of the United States as a whole.