Poverty Is The Outcome Of Economic Inequalities

2049 Words Apr 12th, 2015 9 Pages
Poverty is the outcome of economic inequalities that are sustained by the social problems prevalent in our society. The lack of equal opportunities has created social margins where people in crisis are expelled to the economic edge. In a society where members are stratified by wealth and status, those who live in poverty are seen as deservingly powerless and ultimately abandoned to comply with their temporary crises as permanent. Economic segregation reinforces the unequal separation amongst social classes to keep the poor living in poverty. These are people who do not have the means to fix the conditions of their environment, therefore they remain stagnant in a state of submission and dehumanization, while those who are better off act …show more content…
It seems to have become the quintessential underclass city with 50% of Detroit families making less than $25,000, 15.5% of the population unemployed, and 35.5% of families living below the poverty line (USA Govt 2010c). Although the deterioration of the city is inevitable, it is on the road to recovery and many have chosen to embrace a new beginning of rebuilding. Detroit is unlikely to rise again as the Motor City, however, some planners envision the reinvention of the city as a haven for artists, cultural producers, and hipsters. According to urbanist Richard Florida nurturing urban spaces, such as Midtown, with vibrant street life are key to spreading the success of the creative economy in Detroit.8 He argues that the key to urban revitalization is a city’s ability to attract and retain a “creative class.” 2 These urban thinkers reinforce what Detroit native and author of the book The Origins of the Urban Crisis Thomas Surgue coins as tickle-down urbanism, “a commonplace assumption that if you gentrify neighborhoods, if you bring new investment to Midtown and downtown areas, that its benefits will trickle down to the majority of the city’s population.”3 The city’s boosters point to the revival of the once bleak Midtown neighborhood and the rise of a thriving arts and cultural scene as indication of successful progress towards the city’s redevelopment.7 Midtown did
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