Teaching Geography: Teacher Talk
[Channel-talkgeography] workshop on North America
From: Allyn Dokus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 15:30:10 EDT
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This workshop was very interesting to me because it highlighted a city that I am fairly familiar with (Boston) as well as a phenomena that I am quite concerned about (urban & suburban sprawl).
As long as the existing residents remain in the neighborhood, I would be pleased with the efforts to help revitalize. But if the efforts simply raise the standard of living to one that many cannot afford, then I am skeptical. What good is a revitalization program if the poverty is simply relocated. I hope my pesimism is unfounded.
One quote from the program is that 'jobs combat poverty'. This must be true. But will they combat only poverty, or will they help solve other poverty related issues.
As for the segment on Chicago, I could not help but wonder how the people were going to eat once all the farmland was turned into housing developments. I suppose they will but their bread from Iowa or Nebraska. Here in New Hampshire, there are no such farms that produce mass amounts of grain. Most of the food comes from elsewhere. But what happens when the elsewhere no longer produces either?