GENTRIFICATION, THE BANE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE POOR, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH A PERMANENT TAN. REMOVE US FROM THE PLANET? THAT SEEMS TO BE THE PLAN!!!! AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHERE? HOUSING FOR THE DISABLED? WHERE? GET ON THE ‘WAITING LIST’. OOPS! SORRY, YOU CAN’T! IT’S CLOSED!!!
Here is one definition of ‘gentrification’:
The process of wealthier residents moving to an area, and the changes that occur due to the influx of wealth. As wealthier inhabitants move into an area that is already populated with lower-income residents, the neighborhood begins to change as well. Often this will spark an urban renewal process, which cleans up the town, but often leads to an increase in rent, taxes, and other items. Sometimes this change means that the previous residents can no longer afford to live in that neighborhood, which is why gentrification can sometimes be used in a negative context.
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“Cleans up the town?” Coded wording for ‘whitewashing’ it to be exact. Gotta get those Black people out of there what with their poverty, low wage jobs and not to mention, Black people are always the last to be hired and the first to get fired at least according to the unemployment rate for Black people which stands at a whopping 13.3 percent while the official unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent.
Yes, gentrification is the bane of the existence of the poor, especially those with a permanent tan because inner cities are being gutted to make way for the ‘upper crust’ to abide in them, thus pushing those who cannot afford higher priced digs, elsewhere.
For many years, the suburbs was the place to live and now with long commute times and offices located in the cities, many suburbanites are practically demanding to live nearer to where they work. It is for their convenience. Inner city living used to be frowned upon. Not anymore. It’s the ‘in’ thing. The problem is that with those who are more well-heeled, they can afford the high price tag for the fancier digs, the working poor cannot.
So, where are the displaced going to live? They certainly will be unable to live in the suburbs, not only due to the fact that they cannot afford to but there is the huge problem of transportation. People who live in inner cities tend to depend on public transit to get around. Public transit is sorely lacking in the suburbs, if there is any at all.
Where do we eventually want to push the working poor? Oh right! Someone mentioned ‘Mars’ the other day. I thought it was a joke, but then again…maybe not!
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