The Slum Is an Integral Part of Urban Society

From Brownsville, Brooklyn by Wendell Pritchett (published 2002):

Much debated among academics and policymakers, the popular perception of many American cities was that they were filled with poor, black and Latino persons mired in a “culture of poverty” that prevented them from joining the mainstream of American life… According to many analysts, the underclass was a self-selected group of the poor responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime, deliquency, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, and other social problems.

Throughout the twentieth century, urban elites attempted to erase physically decayed neighborhoods. They failed because the slum was an integral part of urban society.

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