Immigrant-Burgh... or not.
Recent immigration here is so low that almost any growth appears significant.. and indeed any real trend has to start somewhere. But the Rustwire piece quotes a few current statistics that show we are even a fraction of Cleveland and Buffalo when it comes to the size of the local Hispanic population (which is not necessarily a proxy for immigration mind you), and neither of those places are exactly high on any such list themselves. A friend disputed the low numbers with me once with a comment that I think is fairly summarized as... 'but I heard someone speaking Spanish in Target' as if it was a big new thing. It might have been, but to me it only reinforced the data at hand... nowhere else in the country would there be cause to notice someone speaking Spanish out shopping.
In the comments there I learned something though. I didn't realize the Hispanic Center had fully closed. I knew it was waning for some time. It was an interesting concept when it started and and part of a focused effort to attract immigrants here a decade ago.