OK, I am almost done with the documentary (only 30 minutes eh?) and none of this surprises me. The doc talks about Detroit. Well, that interests me because of the following I posted at my forum recently:
Medora, post: 47006 wrote:
I live in San Bernardino, California.
From "Starving For Attention," a November, 2011, article for Inland Empire Weekly (Volume 6, Issue 32), a local paper:
The latest round of data from the U.S. Census Bureau—taking into account the social service programs that will be facing draconian cuts from Congress over the Thanksgiving weekend—is harsh evidence that the future is about to get even more bleak for the have-nots of the San Bernardino Valley. Policymakers continue to ignore the plight of their constituents after years of high unemployment rates and a record number of foreclosures. The lines for essential social services at Mary's Mercy Table in downtown San Bernardino grows longer as hunger peaks and the last hope that remains fades.
"It has been a dubious distinction for San Bernardino to be ranked second in the nation in poverty," says Marlene Marrow, the public information specialist for the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC).... With a poverty rate that competes only with the 8-mile section of Detroit for being the worst in the nation...
There was an Occupy Wall Street rally near City Hall last week. I pass by City Hall frequently, and it is appropriate that that building is surrounded by banks.
I live in San Bernardino. I have seen the run down areas. I see homeless all the time. Even though I live in a part of the city (i.e., right next to highland, and the San Bernardino International Airport (which has been renovated but I am not sure will ever attract a carrier, by the way)) that has seen unusually high amount of development including three new schools, several corporate headquarters (including for Stater Bros) and a proposed "golden triangle" shopping center further east in the neighboring city of Highland that may be built in the foreseeable future, there is something disturbing to notice about this.
The development is centered around the airport. The rest of the development is centered in the affluent enclaves near the Big Bear mountainside, or to the north. Every night most of the lights are off. Even the elementary school lights are off. There are roads nearby so run down that all the "bandages" they placed on it has made it worse than a dirt road. I saw an entire neighborhood downtown boarded up next to a church (the only structure not run down) within a quarter mile.
Then I drive over to the rich enclaves here and I can drive for over a mile with a long stretch of street lights serving nobody
. As in there is nobody there. Keep on going and you eventually reach some $500,000-$2,000,000 or so homes, but beside that and on the opposite end is nothing but desert. The traffic is very light and the population small and there are three lanes each side but you can bet your ass it is the best lit area in the city. Edit: Oh, by the way, construction crews recently added more pavement to that already wide and well maintained road. Thank God.
Hell, at one point I felt like sending a letter saying that I understand why run down areas should be deprived of all these street lights, but that I do not understand why they are built there when they are never used, and the money saved by not
building them may allow more lit street lights in the affluent areas, and even more of those fancy flashing lights for crosswalks that are found all over the affluent areas, but only one of which I found in a run down area five minutes drive from the San Bernardino capitol.
Ranting aside, Newt is a clown.