Friday, September 16, 2005

What has happend to our cities?

We have all seen coverage of the devestation of Hurricane Katrina and the human suffering that has followed, but the one issue that the media seems to keep glossing over is the rampant poverty in New Orleans. People were unable to evacuate because they had no means of transportation, and when you have very little you really do not want to leave it behind. But now I ask the question how many other New Orleans are there in this nation? I fear that our major cities are all the brink of a major disaster just looking for a catalyst.

I lived for awhile in Baltimore. If a hurricane hit Baltimore like it did the Gulf Coast the TV images would have looked the same... Fredrick Ave. would look like Haiti. The Baltimore Sun recently reported that 25% of the residents of Baltimore City live below the poverty line. This really does not surpise me, but it is stunning. Then once you figure in the 10% who are heroine addicts you have real pleasent scenerio simmering away.

What is the answer? Perhaps the storms are for the best. Certainly no one deserves to lose their lives, but how else can the cities get cleaned out and built a new. Populations need to get redistributed. Poverty breeds a culture of poverty. People who are down and out need to be in areas where people are successful, so they realize that it can be done.

America, we need to look at our cities long and hard. You may think this a little extreme, but when was the last time you heard of somone going on vacation to Detroit, East St. Louis, or Gary, Ind. just to see the sights? You haven't and you won't until we address the poverty and hoplessness that lurks on every street corner of our major cities.


Blogger Gaius Germanicus said...

I think Ross and I went to East St. Louis, and Anacosta too. We're suckers for finding excuses to go to poor places. I thought about the Peace Corps and he actually did it. I spent some time in Kensington PA too, the part of Philly no one talks about across from Camden, NJ (been there too) and I lived in the South Bronx for six months. Poverty sucks, I defend poor people in Court. In all seriousness for a moment, the world has to look under the sofa a little more, they might be shocked at what they see. Until then, we'll have to wait till a truely absurd thought gets some traction and becomes the status quo, rather than a mere absurdity.

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