Ashley Bruno

  • In my first blog post I spoke pretty generally about Hillside. I observed the places in the area but didn’t fully understand why these places are in this particular area. Looking back I realized that there […]

  • I conducted an interview with a resident of a gated community in eastern Queens, New York and a resident of Hillside Avenue to compare and contrast methods of militarization and privatization of space. The […]

  • I like the perspective you took on immigration in terms of the increase in culture to the city. People are trying to limit immigration to America but forget that a lot of the things we enjoy are inspired by and come from the cultures of the people who live here. It is important to recognize things like this because it deviates from the negative…[Read more]

  • I definitely agree that Americans are looking for someone to blame for their misfortunes in the job market. While Americans are claiming that immigrants are using the government to avoid getting a job, Americans are doing so in the same way by using immigrants as a scape goat to avoid confronting the issue of employment at a larger scale.…[Read more]

  • I agree that it’s important for people to know about the injustices occurring in our criminal justice system, especially through the detailed stories of individuals like Kalief Browders. It shows the hardships faced by the incarcerated and how even after being released, their memories of prison still haunt them. It’s important to educate people on…[Read more]

  • The case of the Central Park Five really shows how the justice system looks to pin crimes on minorities in order to satisfy the stereotypes of crime associated with such races. Social media and the amount of exposure around such cases is what encourages this type of mentality and behavior towards minorities to continue. In order to correct some of…[Read more]

  • It’s crazy to think that a police officer who had multiple complaints against him recieves no discipline while Eric Garner has had run ins with police and his final encounter ended in death. This shows that police officers themselves are put above the law they are supposed to protect. It also shows how unfair the justice system is in regards to…[Read more]

  • Distrust between the police and the community is one of the reasons why the system is so flawed. Rather than respect being mutual by both parties, certain races are targeted and harassed causing them to lack trust in authority figures who are supposed to keep them safe. This relationship must be repaired in order for the criminal justice system to…[Read more]

  • I agree that racial disparities in policing is overlooking crimes committed by whites and mainly targeting African Americans. It’s scary to know that the justice system often allows whites to get away with crimes because of their race while African Americans are targeted because society negatively perceives them as criminals. Race should never…[Read more]

  • I really agree with what you said about Trump wanting to create jobs for Americans but excluding former inmates. The negative perception of prisoners is also something to consider in explaining why they aren’t getting jobs and opportunities when they are released. As mentioned in the Washington Post article, referring the the Central Park Five…[Read more]

  • Intimate segregation occurs when residents of a neighborhood coexist but have no real interaction. This is due to the residents’ differing uses of space which allow a neighborhood to remain segregated. This […]

  • Reverse redlining is a predatory lending practice that targets minorities with poor credit. Before, minorities were unable to receive loans for housing due to redlining in which banks refused to give loans due […]

  • A quote from second article you cited: “…open spaces are increasingly being created within gated communities, where access is restricted to those who can pay to live there”, explains privitization pretty well in terms of class. Public space is limited to those who can afford it while others are given little to no public space to enjoy. Even…[Read more]

  • This definitely goes back to the idea of poverty as a pathology. In an attempt to clean up the image of the city, authorities are willing to displace and discriminate against homeless people. A possible explanation could be that the government does not want to fund the homeless as they could be “free loaders” and they only want to put money into…[Read more]

  • Going off of what Shannan mentioned, the social and cultural values of the city have definitely changed due to neoliberalism. It’s no longer about what residents and local commuters need. It’s always about catering to the capitalist and profitable side of things. Thinking back on the Peter Eisigner article read in class, he mentions that the…[Read more]

  • I definitely agree that government spending priorities are limiting resources for the poor. In regard to the 1% increase towards military supplies, I believe it is unnecessary to do so when it only hurts the people the military is trying to protect. Strengthening and uplifting people’s lives on the home front is most important. This is especially…[Read more]

  • I liked your explanation of the film since it tied back to the themes and discussions from class earlier in the semester such as poverty as a pathology and planned shrinkage to poor communities. I also agree that government intervention can do more harm than good in terms of housing since the real goal is to eliminate poor communities rather than…[Read more]

  • My parents were long time residents of the Flushing area since they immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the early 1980s but have since moved to Springfield Gardens. They would always say that […]

    • I think you made a very interesting observation. Most of the time we see gentrification as “white” issue, with only white people coming into the area and prices sky rocket, but you mentioned another group, which I had never thought about. There is a whole other level of segregation in Flushing. It has seemed that they have segregated themselves, because anytime you walk through Flushing most businesses and shops are asian, therefore most of them serve asian needs and services, food and markets especially. This does cause some feeling of “not belonging” and can cause intimate segregation for those none asian living in the area.

    • I never seen Flushing at gentrified before. I had always lived in whitestone close to flushing and from what I remembered it was always an Asian population there. When I think of gentrification I think of wealthier groups of people moving in and changing the neighborhood. I have noticed in flushing as well that it is more money than family ad I understand why your family moved away. I feel the segregation in flushing too.

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    In order to combat the financial difficulties of the fiscal crisis, the city looked to gain revenue through creating cities catered to the middle class. This meant investing into b […]

  • During the fiscal crisis, the city struggled to regain prosperity. One of the ways the city worked to overcome this crisis was by supporting the wealthy and elite and laying off workers. The policy of planned […]

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