A Look Into Inner City Poverty

2020 Words Mar 4th, 2015 9 Pages
A Look Into Inner City Poverty
Inner city distress in the American economy is not the only pressing issue facing the nation. Lack of businesses and jobs in most inner cities fuels a crushing cycle of poverty and crippling social problems like crime and drug abuse. As the condition of inner cities continue to worsen, debate on how to improve them through such measures as education, financial and technical assistance has continued to grow. The sad reality is that efforts from the past decades to address the causes of inner cities poverty have failed. Attempts to establish a sustainable economy through the creation of employment opportunities, wealth creation, and improved infrastructure (Kasarda, 4) have not worked. These efforts have failed to improve the living standards of the majority of citizens living in these inner cities. It is high time to recognize that revitalizing inner cities requires a more radical approach (Wilson, 10). Despite the provision of social programs performing a key role in meeting human needs and improving educational opportunities, they have not achieved the overall objective; what impact, if any, have they had to establishing a coherent economic strategy. The question that people should ask themselves is how to incentivize inner city based businesses and nearby employment opportunities to proliferate and continue to grow. It is possible to create a sustainable economic base in the inner city environment, but this will only be achieved through…
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