Eminence: The Common Persons Perspective

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Eminence : The Common Persons Perspective According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, Political Geography is a branch of geography that deals with human governments, the boundaries and subdivisions of political units (as nations or states), and the situations of cities. Political Geography concerns itself with trying to understand how spatial distributions of structures effect relations and how relations between governments work. Our Geography Project group chose to focus onto a more unusual, yet simple question; “What do citizens think the problems are in Eminence and is the local polity concerned with said problems.” We felt that Eminence doesn’t face any large issues, so if we were to try to find one we would need to rely on the opinions of…show more content…
We believed that people of higher status find different things to be issues, like entertainment available, while people of lower status find simpler things to be issues, like the need for more job opportunities. In total we interviewed 25 different people from 5 areas of Eminence. We asked each citizen the same seven questions : “How old are you”, “How long have you lived in Eminence”, “Do you know anyone on the city council”, “Do you think the city council has improved Eminence since you have been here”, “What do you like about Eminence”, “What problems do you believe there are in Eminence”, and “Would you change anything, if so what would it be?” After interviewing the citizens, we interviewed the mayor. We asked the mayor, “What are some…show more content…
The most common problems people had with Eminence were the lack of a good grocery store, drugs, lack of things for kids to do, and the need for more employment. By talking to some of the locals, I found that Norms was the local grocery store, but it went into debt and is currently going out of business. During our interviews, it was clear that Norms going out of business was very upsetting. The only places people could get their groceries from is Shelbyville causing people to pay more just to get their food. Drugs is a different kind of issue. I relied on the minutes of the council to find the monthly police department report. When analyzing the reports there was a noticeable amount of arrests purely dealing with drugs. Looking back at August through March, there has been a steady amount of arrests, no signs of decline. Next, to find out why people thought there was a lack of employment, I used the Chamber of Commerce business list for Henry county. The few business that are in Eminence are either family owned or small. Many people are either left to find laborious work or travel to nearby cites. Finally, we were unable to make any conclusions about why people thought there was a lack of activities for kids. None of our collected data showed that people had kids. This was our fault though and would definitely be something we would change if we were
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