Sometimes it’s hard to tell fantasy from reality, particularly in the age of Photoshop-manipulated imagery. In this photograph by Oscar Ruiz, however, which offers an aerial shot of a housing development on the outskirts of Mexico City, what you see is real.
In Theresa Everline’s 2010 article for Next American City (now NextCity) titled “Surviving Suburbia,” she discussed “the new suburban poverty, which has been confirmed by a recent report from the Brookings Institute. It’s not just that more people live in the suburbs and so there would be more poor people there, but that poverty rates are increasing more rapidly
On the morning of February 1, 2013, the body of 39-year-old Lamont Sidney, of Erie, was found in room #9 of the East Exit Motel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. It was reported that Sidney was found naked with his face partially mauled; two Pitbull puppies were in the room when emergency crews arrived.
“Not all were welcome in Levittown during its early years. African Americans were forbidden from buying new homes there, but in 1957 the Myers family bought a house secondhand. Crowds protested their presence as Levittown’s first black family.”
Dispatch from the slums of suburbia.
When I parked my car at the end of Santiago Street, I half expected to find a cul-de-sac devoid of houses. Chris Blackwell, principal planner from the Penn Hills Department of Planning and Economic Development, told me how his department had demolished nearly all the street’s blighted properties in recent years.
For the last several months, I’ve been researching the topic of suburban decline for a series of nonfiction stories I’m working on. I’m looking at what is traditionally viewed as first-ring suburbs, or the first wave of planned communities beyond the city limits. My focus is on the eastern suburbs outside of Pittsburgh, an area I’ve lived nearly all my life.
For the last several months, I’ve been reading through a clutter of essays and story ideas that I’ve left for dead. Some were abandoned for good reasons. Other pieces, however, just never got my full attention (and probably never will). The other day I found this (read after the jump). It was part of an essay I was writing…