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Ghetto Stereotypes

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Turning Stereotypes to Facts
When asked to compare two different neighborhoods, I instantly thought of the two most common stereotypes; the “wealthy” and the “ghetto”. When thinking of a wealthy neighborhood, images of large homes and expensive cars come to mind. On the other hand, the word “ghetto” conjures up images of boarded windows and over- grown lawns. Clearly these stereotypes are not always true, but the idea remains the same. The neighborhood you live in automatically places you in certain categories, re- gardless of whether or not you belong in them. “As the cliché goes, you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes—you can tell even more about them based on where they've chosen to call home.” An article by Megan Koester titled
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Spotlights seem to be a hot commodity on Wyndham Drive, as each home featured them. Some aimed at the side of homes, others at trees. Almost every single house was built with stone incorporated into the exterior, yet anoth- er indicator that a lot of time and money was put into assuring that it would be easily known the owners had spent them. Taking into consideration the information gathered about said homes, a variety of inferences can be made about the personal identity of those who live in them. For starters, they have a decent amount of money; such upkeep on a home is not cheap. With a median household income in the $70,000 in their city, it can easily be seen by looking at these homes (“Bettendorf, Iowa") Secondly, they invest a lot of time in how they appear to other people. The outside of a home is the first thing someone sees when they stop by or pass through a street, so good first impressions are something homeowners take very seriously. In comparison, travel to North Gaines street in Davenport, Iowa. The homes that line this street are small. Front lawns are clut- tered with weeds, patchy grass, and various other children’s toys. Sidewalks are over- grown with weeds, and outdoor landscapes are few and far between. White siding is the home of choice, likely due to its relatively low cost. On many homes, however, that sid- ing is chipped and peeling. Windows are lined by wood, its chips matching that of the siding. Front doors…show more content…
Preventive measures are also more costly to the individual, as opposed to city funded methods. David DeMille reports that a home security system can cost upwards of $200 to install, and require a monthly fee to keep active. When thinking of the alternative, city funded security, the first thing that comes to mind is policemen. When driving down and around North Gaines street, it was easily seen that this was the preferred method of security. Cars were parked on the street, and streetlights were few and far between. Moreover, windows had been re- placed by wooden boards, removing the security of being able to lock them. Many also lacked curtains, and when homes did have them they were thin and could easily be seen through if a light was on inside. It is not an exaggeration to say that there was a cop on every corner. Each new turn came with a new officer, and each one traveling slowly. This low level of preventive measures has likely contributed to the crime rates in the city of Davenport. On a scale of 1-100, Davenport, Iowa is only a 5 in regards to safety ("Davenport"). The city itself has chosen to stereotype those who live in the neighborhood as criminals, or a “threat” to the peace. Arguably, having such a substan- tial amount of police cruising the streets is not an accident. It is Davenport’s way of catching criminals and/or stopping them. With so many policemen on duty, it’s easy to see why citizens have
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