As the glowing medallion in the sky descends below our peripheral vision and our lukewarm bed welcomes us, we rarely consider the people on the dank pavement that acquire cardboard boxes. Each box imperceptibly labeled “ this is my home.” Your eyes began to fade shut while the dreams begin to transpire. Jumping between worlds, for most live their lives on the edge of a terrible dream, yet few have the courage to pass. Yet, those who have these nightmares are more courageous than them all, as they can only wish to wake up with nothing but a memory. Suddenly you wake up in an alternate place. Covering your body are the remains of what were once clothes. Your appearance is almost disheveled looking. Yet, to you, it is enough. …show more content…
His photographs are part of a larger effort to address the problems of rapid industrialization and urbanization. He argues for better housing, adequate lighting and sanitation, and the construction of city parks and playgrounds for all. For years he has documented the slums of New York, what he deemed the work of the “other half,” teeming with immigrants, disease, and abuse. As a police reporter and social reformer, he became very familiar with our society and hopes to draw attention to the horrendous conditions. In 1888 he started photographing the streets and people he encountered, using black and white slides to accompany his lectures and influential text. Based off of his sights he created ‘ How The Other Half
In addition it illustrates the challenges of urban life. Chicago, as a booming industrial city, attracted a large influx of workers seeking employment. The story of H.H. Holmes underscores the challenges faced by individuals who migrated to the city in search of better opportunities. It sheds light on the vulnerabilities and dangers that workers and marginalized individuals faced in urban settings, emphasizing the social and economic disparities of the
In his Book, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, explains that in the early-nineties while doing field work in the Southside of Chicago he gravitated to a predominantly working-poor black community near his field site (ix). Venkatesh describes the ten-squared block community as being in disrepair very much like the high-rises that were being torn down in the surrounding area (iv). In the presence of some “greystones” and “brownstones” Venkatesh noticed vacant lots, beat-up homes, and what he perceived to be inadequate city involvement in the community -streets need fixing, and trash pick-up was lacking (x). There were also closed storefronts and burned-out buildings in the area (Venkatesh, 92).
Jacob Riis in “How the Other Half Lives” is about the squalor that characterizes New York City’s working class immigrant neighborhoods. He describes deplorable conditions of these immigrants by providing specific examples, relaying them through quotation and images alike. Riis comments on the injustices that the residents of the tenements faced on a regular basis. So, with his attention to detail, Riis provided the contemporary reader with unsettling images of the poor and marginalized along with a few examples of the benefits of reform and reorganization in the poorer communities, to the benefit of residents. Another observer, Richard T. Ely, in “Pullman: A Social Study” writes about the community of Pullman, Illinois located in the suburbs of Chicago.
Atlantic Times staff writer, Alana Semuels, gives her opinion on how America can reduce the number of homeless famlies in her article “The Best Way to End Homelessness”. According to Alana Semuels, America has the largest number of homeless women and children in the industrial world. (Cite) She mentions how the government has attempted to solve homelessness by initiating many different studies and programs. " The Best Way to End Homelessness " lists initiatives such as housing choice vouchers, temporary rental assistance, time limited housing, or interventions.
From riots to invasions, many urban problems arose during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Technology was improving and it was making jobs easier and more productive but American’s were tired and weren’t working. Wage cuts were becoming more popular and economically, the U.S was falling apart slowly. Despite the problems, Americans discovered a way to replace the exhausted Americans who no longer took part in labor. Immigrants from Europe were pulled to New York in hope to find what the Americans had said they’d offer.
There is no denying that this part of history is the reason health and housing regulations are as strong as we experience today. With Riis’s novel acting as a valuable primary source documenting first-hand experiences, it is easy to conclude that life in the tenements were not desirable in any aspect. This way of life arose because there was no quicker way to deal with such a rapidly growing demand for cheap housing close to the city. Life in the tenements does not compare to anything seen in modern times. Riis’s illustrations of this life confirm what we know as history, but what many others knew as
There has to be a realistic solution that can be put into motion to benefit everyone involved. Referring again to his article “Is Gentrification All Bad?” Davidson argues that urban renewal, if done right, is not a monstrous custom that it is painted to be; nevertheless, he reasons that gentrification depends on who does it, how they do it, and why they do it. As a resident in New York, a city where gentrification is as widespread as the common cold in winter, Davidson speculates that those who go into a neighborhood with the intention to renovate houses, or abandoned buildings ought to have a good reason for it. The author points out that “Gentrification does not have to be something that one group inflicts on another…” (Davidson 349), rather, he suggests that everyone, the gentrifiers and the locals, be on the same page when it comes to developing their
These oral stories also help illustrate why urban areas such as Compton and south-central Los Angeles became heavily poverty ridden. The overall significance of Sides’ L.A. City Limits is to document the experiences of developing urban areas and the effect that these growing areas had on the city itself. Sides speaks on how the development of urban areas within Los Angeles contributed to the rise of the Civil Rights movement and to the 1965 Watts riots. The contribution from these developing urban areas led to increasing of opportunities for the African American community such as desegregation and better work opportunities.
House for the Homeless: A Place to Hang Your Hat, written by Ivana Nikolic, is an essay about the habits and behaviors of homeless people at a shelter called the Ramsey House. Through her field research Ivana learned about the homeless people’s daily rituals and behaviors. In the following paragraphs, I will illustrate for you examples of these rituals and behaviors. Their evening ritual begins standing outside the Ramsey House while they wait for the doors to open at 6:45 p.m. Next to the shelter there was a bus stop and a health care center.
Gary B. Nash writes his piece, “Social Change and the Growth of Pre Revolutionary Urban Radicalism” as secondary source to articulate his thoughts about the poor living conditions in Boston, Philadelphia and New York during post war time of the later part of the 18th century. Gray Nash who is PhD graduate from Princeton University, produces concrete arguments to inform the people of the late 1960’s about actual history that conflicted with social development and advancement after the war with France and Native Americans. Nash utilizes credible historical documents to highlight the unbalanced and radical quality of life for city dwellers, especially around clustered and poverty stricken areas on the Eastern coast of the colonies. Even though
Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant who himself could not originally find much work, hoped to expose the squalor of the 19th-century Lower East Side of Manhattan. After a successful career as a police reporter, he published a photojournal documenting these conditions using graphic descriptions, sketches, photographs, and statistics. Riis blamed the apathy of the monied class for the
Crime was rampant, poverty was controlling the city’s people, and the immigration explosion was allowing corruption to spread by exposing them for their own purposes. But the future would only hold good things for movement of people, goods, information, and
Title: Gentrifying Chicago neighborhoods. General Purpose: To inform my audience of Gentrification in the Norther part of Chicago around the 1960s. Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will understand the meaning of gentrification, how Puerto Rican families in the Northern part of Chicago lost their homes to Gentrification, how they fought against gentrification, and how gentrification is now occurring to Mexican families in the Southern part of Chicago. Thesis: Puerto Rican families lost their homes in the 1960s when Lincoln Park was gentrified despites their best efforts, and today Mexican families are losing their homes in Pilsen to gentrification. Introduction I. Attention: What would you risk in order to continue having a home?
As a muckraker, Jacob Riis wrote about his journey through the New York slums which is described in the book How the Other Half Lives:Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890). Thus, using his research and experience in New York, Jacob Riis establishes a strongly supported novel that, which is based on his first hand experienced information that he gathered while touring through Mulberry Street and several other streets, to better understand the hardship of
In the passage, Homeless by Anna Quindlen the central idea is our idea of home has changed. First, homes are no longer what they used to be because now they are real estate. This sentence itself is not opinion it’s fact because homes did you used to be about living there, but now it’s about price. Next, there was a time when where you lived is where everything happened like eating,grew and buried.