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  •  Wishing doesn't work in reality. (1+ / 0-)
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    Why isn't it possible to fix up old housing stock, invest in jobs and let working class populations remain in their communities?
    No one wants to move into a house in a crime ridden neighborhood.  Businesses won't invest in crime ridden neighborhoods.  Working class people can remain in their neighborhoods, but they move when those neighborhoods become 'hoods.'

    That's the reality.

    •  I don't think that is what Bobbosphere said (4+ / 0-)

      I think he said that with gentrification, working class people (not poor, he never said poor) are forced to move into poorer neighborhoods.

      This is a big problem in Chicago.  I think the senior citizen tax free helps stabilize some of these communities but more needs to be done.

      •  My bad. I was definitely thinking poor (0+ / 0-)

        crime ridden neighborhoods.

        Are these neighborhoods low crime and just suffering the economic crash on blue collar families?  If that is the case, I can definitely see how gentrification could easily take over the entire area.

        Obama started the conversation of a better minimum wage Tuesday night, but really, we need to have a much bigger discussion about why we need a healthy middle class for stabilizing the nation.

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