Right now Garden City is nice and peaceful, a small urban garden that won't stay this way very long. If you look at the surrounding communities, such as Elmont, Hempstead, and so forth, you'll see what the future holds for Garden City. Ultimately, Garden City will just be Queens and Queens will be unlivable. Is race a factor? Real estate agents hate to admit it, but it's true nevertheless. Mostly, however, it's a question of cultural values, or their absence.