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  • HarveyMSchwartz

    Of course. That’s what red-lining and economic suppression does to neighborhoods. What else would you expect?

  • Pondering_Molecule

    A few hours ago I was reading a series of comment by US Army personnel who were stationed in severely ‘underdeveloped’ areas in The United States. One comment stuck with me. The commenter described the United Sates as “A third world country, wearing a Gucci belt.”

    I wasn’t sure how I felt about the comment at first. But after seeing this video and considering the size of the US, it’s probably a more apt description than I realized.

  • ampanmdagaba

    It’s so wild, as in a typical European city this would have been a top location, gentrified in no time. Walkable, good architecture, urbanist’s dream, lots of gaps for new houses or playgrounds… It’s really jarring to see that in the US these areas are just standing like that, unkempt, unsafe, and untidy…

  • Crabbyjohn875

    One thing that detracts from the areas are absent landlords. If a building is decrepit or vacant they should be made to tear it down or renovate it to a decent standard. Who would want to live in a neighborhood that looks like this. 3/4 of the houses are vacant. We need tougher laws in place against the owners of these properties. Hit them in the wallet it’s the only language they understand.

  • WowChillTheFuckOut

    Just use your imagination for a minute and imagine if we lifted these people out of poverty and rehabilitated all these cool brick homes, streets, and sidewalks how cool of a place it would be to visit. I’m not talking about gentrification. I mean for the people who live there now. It’s disgraceful how little we do to fight poverty in this country especially for people who’s poverty is a result of 500 years of subjugation.

  • ScootyHoofdorp

    Just keep in mind while watching this video that this is the largest city in the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country on the planet.

  • Honda_TypeR

    Baltimore “City” Hoods.

    Not to be confused with Baltimore County “Hoods” or “Rich” areas (yea county has both)

    Baltimore city is located more or less at the center of the county and has its own jurisdiction in spite of the same name. “Baltimore” kind of refers to the whole thing.

    The urban sprawl definitely goes outside of the city limits into what was once upper middle class areas west side of the city have now became lower middle (upper lower) or hood areas too (and crime went up in those areas too)

    In spite of the extreme poverty of downtown Baltimore city there is a huge amount of wealth in the county (and even more so down toward DC area south of Baltimore county too. Keep in mind Bethesda games is in a county just south of Baltimore county and that is a very wealthy area too (on average).

    This was a situation where those who could move out of the city into the county or surrounding counties did so a long time ago and the only people who stayed are there because they do not make enough money or forced to live there due to a job (or maybe family reasons). The city population is less than 1/2 of what it was in its high point a few decades back, that’s a huge bleed out of population.

    For perspective on how fucked the wealth disparity is in Baltimore county vs Baltimore city. Baltimore is rank 28th in of the entire world for monthly net salary.

    Yet in spite of the extreme wealth in the county, you see extreme poverty, crime and dilapidation in some of the worse parts of the city. There really is not easy solution either. Keep in mind Baltimore city is one of America’s older cities and it was a blue collar city during it’s high point (it was a major mid Atlantic harbor freighting city). As ships got bigger canals needed to be deeper and re-dredged out and special accommodations had to be made. Eventually mega ships outgrew Baltimore’s capability to keep up and while they still do a lot of boat shipping industry all the big contracts went to better equipped cities who could keep up with the pace of change.

    As industries change and companies go to other cities for labor old jobs dry up in the city and the white collar Baltimore county jobs are not something the blue collar workers could easily switch to. They were basically stuck in a bad situation in some cases multiple generationally. So that’s all that’s left shitty job options for people stuck downtown without a proper education, high crime so they get caught up in the only options that work for them.

    Meanwhile the county (and some high end businesses in the city too) have a lot of high paying white collar jobs for those with advanced degrees and experience. It’s a sad situation of where you were born dictates how your life may go, unless you’re exceptional. I know for a fact (friends and acquaintances) some people born into the worse poverty situations of Baltimore city have still found a way to make it out, get college educations and be externally successful. However, in all of those cases those people were either extremely intelligent, exceptionally athletic or gifted artists. Average or below average people (which would be the majority) that are born into those situations are sadly stuck.

  • Zarod89

    It’s weird seeing the super nice bmw or mercedes parked every now and then. But you kinda guess why noone dares to touch it and who the owners are.

  • cheeze_whiz_shampoo

    God, look at all the beautiful architecture. If that neighborhood had been taken of it would be absolutely gorgeous.

  • DonJokerNANO

    You don’t understand, this is the real abode of gangsters and if you are not a gangster, then you will not understand!

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