Hollis Revisited

At the beginning of the semester, I visited Hollis, Queens.  While I knew that it was a low-income neighborhood, I did not understand what caused the poverty here to persist.  After taking this course, I have much more clarity on the subjects of poverty, segregation, and inequity.  I also have more questions. In my...

Exploring Where I live II

“In the city of Woodside, where I live, I walked around my neighborhood… Woodside is a very nice location to live. There isn’t too much attraction going on or too little attraction going on.” I remember writing this in the first assignment, ‘The Urban’ at 1st Glance. Yet, writing ‘The Urban at 2nd Glance,...

Public Trust Doctrine

Public Trust Doctrine is a principle talking about how certain natural and cultural resources are available only for the public to use. It is the government’s job to maintain and protect the resources that are available for the use by the public. A blog written by actor, Mark Ruffalo, wrote about how New York...

Privately-Owned Public Space(POPS)

Privately-Owned Public Space, also known as POPS, is an amenity constructed and maintained by the owner for public use in exchange for having more access to areas. These places are often located in commercial districts and other districts of similar nature. POPS are often achieved through a process called incentive zoning, however POPS have...

Human Rights Movement

Image Credit: Andres Musta Can you imagine a world where you do not have the basic moral norms that you are entitled of?  Can you imagine your children being born without these as well? These rights that we are born with are our Human Rights. Every human being is entitled to these rights. So...

From Jamaica to Cambria

Memorial in Roy Wilkins Park for Beyonca Bennett - Where I began walking Before I began my journey I mentally mapped out where I wanted to walk and observe. I started at the corner of Merrick Blvd & Baisley Blvd at the entrance of Roy Wilkins park (above image). This part of Queens is...

The Empowered and The Overlooked

As I walk through Corona and Forest Hills Gardens, I observe the individuals living and walking around both neighborhoods and examine just how urbanization, class discrimination, and economical factors influences poverty and affluence. The first attribute I notice when entering 71st Continental of Forest Hills Gardens is its large tudor-style and oak decorated houses placed in sets...

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