For Latino and Hasidic families who have lived for decades in the Brooklyn waterfront community of Williamsburg, the September 19, 2005 headline in New York magazine wasn’t exactly news: “The Southside of Williamsburg has become a place to put down roots,” it declared. Williamsburg has long been a place where people put down roots-see Betty Smith’s 1943 novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or Arthur A. Cohen and Philip Garvin’s 1970 study, A...

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