BETHLEHEM, PA – JUNE 18, 2011: Jose Marin, 22, greets a friend outside Nieves Grocery on 4th Street in Bethlehem as Angel Peres, 19, joins him from the alley. Like many Hispanics in Bethlehem, Marin immigrated to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley from Puerto Rico eight months earlier.
As the population of second and third generation Hispanics increases dramatically in the United States, a new boldness can be sensed among Latinos in America, stretching far beyond the southern border states. Demographers in Pennsylvania say the towns of Bethlehem, Allentown and Reading are set to become majority-minority cities, where Hispanics comprise a bigger portion of the population than whites. As this minority population increases dramatically in the region, Latinos are inching closer to their own realization of the American Dream, while gradually shifting the physical and cultural landscapes of their communities.