The Gap Between Rich And Poor Essay

2095 Words Oct 4th, 2016 9 Pages
Ceo of Mckinsey Social Initiative, Helene D. Gayle,once said "The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened." This difference between rich and poor referred to by Dr. Gayle is becoming more and more apparent in many cities across America. One way to analyze this divide between the upper/middle class and the lower class is by examining the use of public space. Mike Davis, the author of Fortress Los Angeles describes this divide as a war between the lower and upper classes. The city of Los Angeles is actively privatizing public spaces to keep out the homeless and poor populations, in order to promote the livability of the area for the the upper classes and tourist populations. The use of public space and the activities done in such places sheds light on some pivotal themes in communities across cities in America. The most notable theme being, the level of neglect for the poor population or the people/areas that do not attract tourist populations or help the city gain economic prosperity. Public space can be utilized to show the disparity in many downtown areas compared to its surrounding neighborhoods, and how accessible resources are to certain populations and groups within a city. A public space that I observed was the intersection of Griscom and Foulkrod streets in Frankford (A neighborhood located near Northeast Philadelphia). This…

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