ERIC Number: ED102259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Etiology of Poor Neighborhoods.
Greenberg, Stanley B.
The inner city aggregations of blacks, Appalachian whites, and Mexicans are not simply the focal points for short-term instability or remedial governmental programs: they are the first native American urban poor. The poor neighborhoods of America's inner city are a result of three great population movements. One originated in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Black Belt and Delta regions of the South, a second in the coal fields of the Cumberland Plateau, and the third in the populous elevated plains of central Mexico. These three areas are superficially distinctive. Yet certain basic social relationships dominate these three areas. These disparate populations all barely subsisted. In each case rural marginality was exacerbated by the encroachment of large landholders and by the harrassment of their legal and political instruments. The resulting economic marginality and dependency provide the context for the economic and political crises that decimated these areas. It is doubtful that these poor populations would have come to the city if it had not represented hope and escape. The image of the city was actively planted in people's minds by a variety of sources. The poor of five surveyed neighborhoods are subjected to a similar pattern of encirclement, intrusion, and abandonment. These present difficulties emerge from a shared experience with the past. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Center for the Study of the City and its Environment.