Shannan O'Neil

  • As much as I agree with the sentiment here, Shevin, the sad reality that neo-liberalism and capitalism will always take precedent over the well-being, health, and opportunities of the people. To the business owners of these places, this is just about making money and making their customers happy. They don’t care that this causes traffic or the…[Read more]

  • This week in class, our discussions and readings focused on public housing in The United States, mainly in NYC, but there was a mentioning of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri which was torn […]

    • “Perhaps they don’t realize it, or maybe they do, but it’s a watered-down form of ethnic cleansing, or in this case it’s class-cleansing”
      A harsh but unfortunately quite true statement that i feels stands out in your writing. The government’s lack of renovation and investment into low-income neighborhoods has been a driving factor in the creation of these “rough neighborhoods”. I’ve seen this first hand back home in Guyana, these are people who want to feel useful and contribute to develop their household, but because of racially-motivated and structural factors, it is quite difficult for them to do so in their communities. In response to your point that gentrification might actually be a helpful factor, i will say that personally i believe the cons heavily outweigh the pros. There is more lost in a community that can ever be gained by the presence of Starbucks, Whole Foods and other key indicators of gentrification.

    • 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 helping them. This also connects to poverty as a pathology because the governments view of the poor restricts them from being empathetic and willing to provide help. I believe that the negative perceptions of the poor should be changed in order to meaningfully improve their quality of life. On the topic of gentrification possibly bringing prosperity to Pruitt-Igoe, I agree with Shevin that it would bring more harm than good. Gentrification would bring prosperity, but for who? The wealthy have more to gain while the poor are pushed out as you highlighted towards the end of your post.

    • There is many forces that push towards issues in public housing, the main one being funding. We have to consider the time this took place in as well. The cities were not the main hubs of politics anymore, since the shift of the New Deal to benefit African Americans, many south democrats shifted to the republican party we know today and with the rise of the Sunbelt, many businesses left the city and settled in more suburban open areas, leaving the cities with no funding and income. Like you mentioned it is very easy to say that poverty as pathology is the reason why people are poor, but sometimes we fail to see that big corporations, and government stand and support for big business rather than services and housing for people is the cause for inequality and unequal distribution of wealth is the cause.

    • Rafael replied 1 year ago

      I like how you explain all the topics we have covered in class about white flight, the landlords being unable to repair their buildings, factories moving out to different places and people were unable to get jobs. Also, I like your analysis on how the government instead of solving the problem just tries to blame on the people, poverty as pathology, stating that this particular lifestyle is into someone people and do not wish to change. They just look for a scapegoat instead of actually improve and fixing the issues as you say like not only improve the places but also providing jobs, better schools, security so the neighborhood can continue to grow. The government does not really look out for people anymore at least not for those below the upper class. These type of cases are examples of how they just look for the easy way out blame someone and move on instead of going to the roots of the issue. Very nice explanation.


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