Urban Community Essay

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Urban Community and Lifestyle
Urban communities are well developed areas where there is a large density of people living. Often an urban area is the region around a city and primarily consists of commercial buildings, houses, motorways, bridges, and railroads. According to the United States Census Bureau in 2010 there was 249,253,271 people living in urban areas, which is eighty-one percent of the U.S. population (2010 Census Urban and Rural Classification and Urban Area Criteria, n.d.). To gain a better understanding of urban living, I have interviewed three individuals who are currently living in metropolitan communities. With their perception, I concluded that there are three similar themes: crime, poverty, and homelessness.
Interviewees
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She was born in Maplewood, New Jersey to a middle class family with a father working as an account executive and a mother who was a homemaker. Once leaving home and making her way up the rank to working as a municipal bond trader for Hanauer Stein & Company, Ms. Jacobus has met a vast majority of people through different social classes and backgrounds. As a single woman, Ms. Jacobus describes living in an urban area as fast pace, exciting, and entertaining while being expensive. Ms. Jacobus states that she loves that there is a diversity of people, plenty of different activities, assorted cuisine, and a close commute to New York City. “I love being so close to everything and there are always somewhere to go and something to see” (Lori Jacobus, personal communities, September 4, …show more content…
121). Ms. Jacobus has had her vehicle stolen and vandalized and has been a witness to two shootings, one in her apartment building and the other in a bar. “When I left my car that night, it was perfectly fine, then when I woke up the next morning; it was totaled! Turns out that a bunch of kids took it play chicken and decided to return it to me. I just finished paying it off too” (Lori Jacobus, personal communities, September 4, 2015). One of Mr. Marion’s roommates was a victim of a mugging after leaving a bar late one night. He states that his roommate had his wallet and watch stolen and the suspect has yet to be arrested. “He came home with a huge shiner on his eye. Now we make sure to walk in groups and never alone” (Frances Marion, personal communication, September 9, 2015). As for Mrs. Matthews, she describes that she has not been personally involved in any crimes, but has noticed an increase of crimes in downtown Mobile “I’ve been lucky and I hope to never be involved in a crime. It makes me scared and sad to see the violence that goes on” (Sarah Matthews, personal communication, September 16, 2015). One incident, there was a woman shot in the face as she was in her vehicle by a group of men a few blocks from her home. Stein (2014) suggested that crime is affected by the

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