Poverty shares traits with the Shawshank State Penitentiary: a rare few find a way out but more often than not, those who begin the escape get caught and sent back to the same place they started. The path out exists, but it may require help from outside influences or having to digging away at a hole with a rock hammer for years. Unfortunately, not every impoverished American shares the triumphant tale of Andy Dufresne. The Other Wes Moore tells the story of two men of the same name and beginnings who have disparate futures. The author, Wes Moore, ended up on a path to success while the other Wes Moore remains in a jail cell for the rest of his life.
A number of issues, including great levels of poverty, existing housing segregation, and large suburban populations, all manage to limit neighborhood integration for white and black families. The movement of white and black families into integrated neighborhoods depends greatly by factors such as economic, political, and demographics. Latinos and Blacks are open to taking up residence in different neighborhoods but whites are not. They try to avoid taking up residence in neighborhoods that lean more to any one particular group of people. Most of the time when white families leave a racially diverse neighborhood in order to gain new employment, or for other reasons, chances are they will not be replaced by another white families.
Being that I am from Washington, D.C., a city that has had its fair share of gentrification, as well as always having an interest in cities and real estate, there would be a time where I would have to take a position on the topic. As a business finance major in college and coming from a family who has worked in the finance and real estate world, gentrification has been a recurring topic on my mind. While gentrification is a controversial and subjective topic with benefits and detriments, both of which I have listed above, I believe that gentrification does more bad than good. I am against gentrification for many reasons, one of which is the displacement of a whole community, the majority if which is people who look like me.
During lecture gentrification was a topic that was taught and assigned to read. Gentrification is the process in which affluent individuals move into impoverished neighborhoods; this can allow for the renewal and rebuilding of infrastructures and communities. With the gentrification-taking place at a rapid pace, which is the reverse of white flight this can possibly lead to more neighborhoods in Brooklyn becoming diverse. Gentrification can result in not only neighborhoods changing, but it can also raise property values which can result in the remodeling of schools by becoming diverse, increasing the funding that some schools may need and this can possibly have a positive
Little Songs, Big Meanings Music is a critical form of expression, especially in times of political and social unrest; it has been an ever-present component in protest movements throughout history. Songs have the power to not only unite a group of people, but also motivate them. Music is an important historical text that provides us understanding into the circumstances that led up to protest movements and the reasons that motivate its activists. They are far more complex than just types of entertainment. Protest songs have no specific genre and can often be applied in many social movements.
This cultural belief in the value of home ownership as a symbol of both individual and neighborhood stability, it also gives people the perception that renters are an indicator of social disorganization. While sociologists have examined changes in urban areas where overall neighborhood decline, which included decreased homeownership rates, the recent mortgage collapse in the United States home ownership in traditionally moderate and low-income neighborhoods is being reduced (Kremer p. 174). Since low and moderate income homeowners find themselves in the most dangerous situation in terms of foreclosure and during economic downturns, these neighborhoods are the first to reflect overall changes in homeownership. Data suggests a growth in both
On the other hand, African Americans, are now twenty times as likely to live in poor community. A large number of African American families, coming from the underprivilaged quarter of comminity an ages ago, continue to live in such community today. Although, for African african families moving out of such community is much more difficult for them. But only a small number of white families who lived in the poor quarter of community an ages ago still do so. This is a clear example of how race can be related to social
In this article from the NAACP’s monthly journal Crisis, the authors highlighted how gentrification negatively affects minorities by displacement, in particular those from the African American community. Furthermore, they made the argument that this systematic force needs to end in order to combat the spread of economic inequality. To back up their claim Portland, Oregon was used to back up their thesis of gentrification hurting the economically disadvantaged, because while it is cited as being the model gentrification hub, as well as one of the more progressive cities in the nation, African Americans have continually bore the brunt of the city’s continued rapid urban redevelopment with being priced out of their own neighborhoods, such as the
Introduction: Residential mobility changes over time, and brings changes to social structures and cultures of a city (Oishi 2010). Atlanta has witnessed an incredible urban expansion, racial re-composition, and migration patterns over decades. Atlanta’s experience is an example of how urban growth is intertwined with a complex mix of Race, Ethnicity, migration and social inequality factors in the United States. A micro level longitudinal study will help to understand how these complex relations among race, social inequalities and urban development are shaping urban landscapes of American cities.