Kimani Wilson-Hunte

  • Before reading your blog post, it was unbeknownst to me how “immigrants are actually beneficial for the economy” because they can help “increase the productive capacity” and “raise the general GDP of the entire county.” But if this is the case, why is it that immigrants are given only “0.2-0.4% of what’s being brought in by them” and not the same…[Read more]

  • In “The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning,” author Timon McPhearson claims resilience “needs to be linked to sustainability so that the resilience we are trying to plan […]

    • You touched on a very important and interesting point regarding infrastructure. Poorer neighborhoods do lack the efficient infrastructure however, what people do not realize is that if you invest in those poorer neighborhoods not only will you help the people in the general population of that area, but you will help the economy of that area too. Infrastructure has been shown to add an inflow of money into the economy and help residents who are going through tough times. We have seen this in the great depression by the building of bridges and schools. However, we should be seeing it now in cities all across America because that would also boost the general economy, tourism and the standard of living for most Americans

  • In The New Jim Crow, author Michelle Alexander claims that “the superlative nature of individual black achievement today in formerly white domains is a good indicator that Jim Crow is dead, but it does not n […]

  • It is quite heartbreaking to see just what type of effects gentrification has upon the culture of Harlem, as seen in how it causes the city’s “traditional dishes [to] become increasingly hard to find” and how it “forces places to shut down due to lack of customers;” based on this observation alone, gentrification has not only had a big impact on…[Read more]

  • I highly agree with the fact that “overcrowding has gone up” over the past few years, and I feel this issue continues to be seriously overlooked today. I could even apply this statement to when my mother and I used to live in Carlyle Skyline Towers on Kissena Blvd.; if I remember correctly, there would be multiple apartments that would house som…[Read more]

  • Assignment 3: Period Pieces, A Collaborative Timeline

    A discussion on the shifting of the tax burden by Kateryna Ponomarenko, Shavell Reid, Kimani Wilson-Hunte, and Sean Zvi.

  • Kimani Wilson-Hunte commented on the page, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    In Douglas S. Massey’s “Globalization and Inequality: Explaining American Exceptionalism,” he discusses how the United States is so “exceptional” due to the “rising inequality over the past 30 years [that] has been attributed to a variety of factors, including globalization, technological change and market segmentation” (10). What he could mean by…[Read more]

  • Paul Auster, “The Invention of Solitude”

    Throughout this section of Auster’s memoir, we slowly see how his grandmother (Anna) played a very heavy impact on his father (Sam) as she became more mentally unstable over time. We first see this when Anna “shot and killed [Sam’s] father [in cold blood] in the kitchen of their house on Fremont A…[Read more]

  • Here is some of the advice that resonated most with me:

    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    – Ernest Hemingway
    Through “bleeding,” Hemingway is encouraging writers to put down whatever thoughts come to mind in order to help them get a better sense of direction that their essays should head in, as…[Read more]

  • Kirk Read, “How I Learned to Snap”

    The most appealing aspect that drew me in to Read’s “How I Learned to Snap” is how he appears to be paying tribute to Jesse Fowler and his fierce courageousness while idolizing him as “the gay Rosa Parks of Lexington, Virginia” (222). Throughout the essay, Read seems to be slowly discovering that he too i…[Read more]

  • David Sedaris, “A Plague of Tics”

    Throughout the majority of “A Plague of Tics,” Sedaris’s narrative persona engages the reader to experience his continuous struggle with Tourette’s syndrome or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as he describes his life as “a person [who] had to do these [tasks] because nothing was worse than the anguish of no…[Read more]

  • Vivian Gornick, “The Situation and the Story”

    According to Gornick in “The Situation and the Story,” the “situation” is the background of the story that has caused an impact upon the writer, and the “story” is a detailed description of the various emotions the writer experienced during the aforementioned situation and what he/she (possibl…[Read more]

  • Sonia Nazario, “Enrique’s Journey”

    While I was reading “Enrique’s Journey,” I was at first under the impression that it would mainly focus on Enrique’s literal journey from Mexico to San Francisco in an attempt to find his mother, Lourdes; instead, Nazario’s story presents a grueling “journey” of Enrique’s mental state as he slowly went into d…[Read more]

  • Richard Price, “Bicycle Safety on Essex”

    The driving factor behind Price’s “Bicycle” anecdote is how he provides a haunting sense of realism with a light touch humor while describing a misconception that occurred during one of his late night “run-ins;” by effectively intertwining character and complication, Price provides an engaging glim…[Read more]

  • Joan Nestle, “A Restricted Country”

    “A Restricted Country” is structured into four sections that each “explore and dramatize a number of themes [in Nestle’s teenage life, including] socioeconomic class, coming of age, loss of innocence, cultural exclusion, and ethnic identity” (Griffin 124). Nestle “shows” her emotions by using connotation…[Read more]

  • Patricia Hampl, “Memory and Imagination”

    As Hampl begins her essay with a “little story about [her] first piano lesson” with Sister Olive Marie (93), she gives off the impression that the rest of her essay will most likely continue to reflect on the little details she remembers from this particular experience (i.e. Marie’s sunlight allergy/o…[Read more]

  • In their respective treatments of place, both Lorde and Philip focus their essays on certain aspects of their childhood homes that in turn triggered their nostalgic impulses. Just as the island of Carriacou stands out to Lorde as “the country of [her] foremothers, [her] fore-bearing mothers, those Black island women who defined themselves by w…[Read more]

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