Upstate Girls: What Became of Collar City

By Digital Journalist October 11th, 2009

© Brenda Ann Kenneally
Though Troy, N.Y., is still 80 percent white, black and Hispanic men moving into town from New York City have made working-class Troy a melting pot. Since the time of the Montagues and Capulets, romantic love can break old prejudices, and on a practical level many women see these street-wise young men as cash cows via the street drug trade–with the ability to make big, fast money that hometown boys working at the Walmart or local auto mechanic's labor for hours to earn.

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