Exploring Hillside Ave with a New Set of Eyes

In my first blog post I spoke pretty generally about Hillside. I observed the places in the area but didn’t fully understand why these places are in this particular area. Looking back I realized that there were some places that I didn’t observe the first time. For my final project I interviewed a resident of...

Masked Poverty- Second Glance

As I read through my post, through the first paragraph everything sounded right and I didn’t notice anything that’d I’d really need to comment on. But as I got to the second paragraph I noticed some things that we learned after the midterm that I think would apply. One thing I immediately noticed was that...

Williamsburg Through The Looking Glass

At the start of this semester I gave my analysis of an area I frequent, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (particularly between North 7th and 10th streets between Bedford and Kent Aves). Even back then I could observe a lot of the things we would eventually discuss in class, although I probably couldn’t give exact definitions to...

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...

From Jamaica to Cambria – A Second Look

Photo of Broken Sidewalk near Roy Wilkins Park In the beginning of the semester we walked around and reflected about what we observed. At the time, I walked from the corner of Merrick Blvd & Baisley Blvd at the entrance of Roy Wilkins park to Cambria Heights park which is at 120th avenue and Francis Lewis...

Poverty as an Incident/Accident

Those who hold this view of poverty think that the growing problems of the poor are caused largely by cutbacks in national and local resources devoted to the promotion of social equity. Those with very poor skills, those disable because of sickness/accident, etc. were in deep poverty after the WWII. Poverty existed but is...

Planned Shrinkage

Image Credit: AV Dezign It is when a city starts abandoning or neglecting a zone seen as “unprofitable” or “non-comercial.” This process targets mostly poor communities, as no profit can be made. It was mostly noted during the 197os in New York City, in the Bronx, where it was left and ignored, and created...

Supplemental Poverty Measure

Photo Credits: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/supplemental-poverty-measure-better-measure-poverty-america The lack of economic resources for consumption of basic needs such as food, housing, clothing, and utilities. Gross money income from private and public sources is supplemented with benefits such as food stamps, housing subsidies, and tax credits in order to determine family resources.  Medical out-of-pocket expenses such as health insurance premiums,...

Poverty as Pathology

Photo courtesy of Jukka Kervinen Poverty as pathology is the theory that the poor are poor because of their own actions or lack thereof. The poor suffer from character flaws, lack of motivation, and potentially even mental disorders. Basically, those who believe in poverty as a pathology blame the poor for their own suffering....

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