BETHLEHEM, PA – JUNE 14, 2011: Hector Ortiz, age 9, tosses a football to his uncle John Veanus near their home at 430 Grandview in Bethlehem's Northside. Hector, who is one-half Puerto Rican, is one of many Hispanic children whose families have moved out of the poorer Southside and into the middle class white neighborhoods of the Northside, across the Lehigh River.
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.