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Ghetto life

By Edited Sep 14, 2016 0 3

Understanding what makes a neighborhood a ghetto. Ever hear that expression? "hey this is the ghetto!" or statements like"back to the ghetto you go!".Well those are just a couple of sayings that are expressed amongst those who are living in middle class neighborhoods.I do not disagree with those individuals or their opinions at all.In deed, they are only telling the truth.

Lets talk about neighborhoods in New York City,preferable African american and hispanic areas. What i have studied over the years is that in most of these low income neighborhoods the people have grown custom to the presence of the garbage that dominates their streets.Just driving through the streets at anytime of the day,you will see the filfth of empty cigarette packs,McDonalds paper bags,chinese food cartons,potatoe chip bags,brown paper bags ,and many many more unidentified particles everwhere. It seems as if noone cares. There appear to be garbage cans on every corner.

Upon observing the invasion of this trash,so kids come out of the store with some juice and candy in the bag. The child reached into the bags for his snacks, pulled out the juice and candy then tossed the brown paper bag right on the floor.The thing that puzzled me was that approximately 8 feet from that child was a trash can. The child did'nt even acknowlegde the trash can.

I remember one day i was driving in harlem and i was heading east on 128th street when a ambulance causing some conjestion and preventing the vehicles from passing through. Well anyway ,to shorten this story, i was directly behind a Ford Explorer when while waiting for the ambulance to move ,the passenger in the explorer in front of me rolled down the window and dilibrately tossed out the window a metal coat hanger,a wendy's cup, and other items i could not identify.I guess being held in traffic is a time to discard trash onto the streets huh?

I guess what i am trying to say is that there is a uncaring mentality within the character of certain individuals. Could this behavior be pass down to generations? The reason i ask this is because our children see the adults neglecting the values of our streets. Everyday thousands of people living in low income areas,projects,tenament buildings,and poor city housing have no concerns for the well being of their neighborhoods. Overlooking the fact that these habits are dramatically increasing the rodent population,people are still discarding their garbage onto empty lots and over filled garbage bins.It was also discovered that tenants in some areas purposely tossed their garbage out of their windows into the backyards of the buildings.Should i say more!

Now ,this is my opinion (whenever discussed with friends and family) the ghetto is with in the character of the individual. Like a always stressed to people,you can take a community of middle class people and give them just about enough funding to survive and place them into a poor proverty submitted community and they would maintain the moral and cleaniness of that community as time passes by. On the other hand, you can take a community of low income families and relocate them to an upscale middle class community.The mentality of the low income community will crumble the exsistance of anything beautiful within a matter of years.

Like they say"beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" so i say"the ghetto is within".



Aug 30, 2009 3:32pm
Mmmmm...I'm not sure middle class folks would have the same morale if they were downgraded into poverty. I wonder if there is a consumer dynamic to the volume of trash in poorer neighborhoods. Perhaps recycling is not available there? I read that there has been a cut in trash pickups recently too. I do think that seeing a few people being litterbugs doesn't equate that all of the residents of Harlem do the same thing. Interesting article, just not sure I can agree without more info!
Sep 7, 2009 10:18am
Good day Martinez,its sad to say that this behavior have nothing to do with poverty or sanitation regulations,yes! trash pick ups are dispatched in a timely fashion.I gonna give you a insight on my views of experience. I grew up a harlem and the bronx. Now i live in New Jersey in Bergenfield.To get to bergenfield i have to pass through a tip of englewood, englewood have a large population African Americans.When i am driving through,I can see the difference when I look at the streets,garbage cans,grounds in front of stores.That mentality of behavior carries on no matter where.
Try driving through the bronx early in the morning, you will dicover a world of trash left out on the streets.One day, stand in front of a store for about ten - fifteen minutes in a predominately black neighbor hood(pic a store that have a empty trash can on the corner) you will be amazed of how many teens and kids that will exit that store with bags and discard them onto the streets.Observe some teens eating snacks,then wait to see if tey will discard the potatoe chip bags into the trash.If you ride the subway,keep your eyes open for the people that deliberately toss trash onto the tracks.Keeps your eyes of the neighborhood homeys that hang in the hood all day then after eating some chinese food outside,watch them as they toss the foam carton into the streets.You can see the exactly why some of these people do what they do and why they do it. My thoughts on why they toss their trash into the streets..."The sanitation truck that sweeps the streets will pick it up" hey! if this is really the irresponsible motive for this behavior,then shit!!! we have to look at this crap until the sweeper sweeps the trash up.I haven't mention yet the store owners that do not sweep in front of their stores,i don't blame them at time because i would get sick and tired myself of cleaning behind grown folks and children that blessed with that unfortunate talent.
I can not ingest and believe that this behavior is the results of the lack of trash pick ups.
I still say the ghetto is within.
I thank you for your comment egmartinez.
May you have a blessed day!
Sep 12, 2009 12:24pm
You're spot on when you say that it's all about the generations passing these habits down. If a child sees his mother or father throw something out the car window, he's bound to do the same thing later on.

Great article!
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