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Brookings Institution’s Elizabeth Kneebone wrote a piece on Ferguson which seems to have provided background to much of the coverage.
Ferguson, MO, emblematic of growing suburban poverty
We liked Karim Abdul Jabbar’s words on the matter as well:
The coming race war won’t be about race: Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it’s about class warfare and how America’s poor are held back
Looking around Ferguson on Google Street View reveals it to be an unremarkable place. It’s arterial roads are lined with fairly typical American roadside fare: muffler shops, bars, shopping plazas convenience stores. Not a lot of people walking or enoying outdoor community life. Plenty of motor vehicles and places to park them. The aesthetics are practical at best, a little shop worn. It’s hard to imagine anybody feeling real love for Ferguson. Going forward that may have to be acknowledged as a major part of what is wrong with how Americans go about building and inhabiting communities.
image Family Dining (early 17th century) via Wikimedia Commons
Shoes and laces is slang for guns and ammunition. A little thing to learn drawn from life in Toronto’s suburban crime world. This Toronto Star piece embodies one of the reasons reading and writing and later the mass media were invented: so that we could see into other worlds. A disturbing picture of life for many in Toronto is based largely on police wire tap material from a major investigation which appears to have passed rather close to disgraced mayor Rob Ford.
This piece from The Globe & Mail last summer looks at the same part of Etobicoke. Guns, gangs, and drugs are not the beginning and the end of the story for everyone there, but…
image: all appears well in Etobicoke from above by BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons
image: MARTA stop in Atlanta by pdxjeff via Wikimedia Commons
Before the video accompanying this piece on suburban poverty in California’s Inland Empire plays we got to watch a commercial for a Mercedes-Benz SUV. A very brief inclination to irony was replaced fairly quickly at hearing the phrase, “Blueberries? Wow, what a blessing.”
Hardship makes a new home in the suburbs
image: notice regarding the opening of the first Welland Canal via Wikimedia Commons