During the 1920’s, Atlantic City was famous for gambling and drinking. People all over would visit for entertainment and to get rich. After world war two crime and corruption took over the streets causing the city to enter an economic decline. Also following the war, cars became more available which led to the decrease of time spent at the city, people no longer had to wait for a train, they can now visit for a little and leave whenever. Less people staying at the hotels for longer, took away more of the cities money. In 1972, “ The New Yorker” published an article called the The Search for Marvin Garden’s by John McPhee who was smart and talented monopoly player. In the article, McPhee persuades Americans to be weary of what trying to become rich in order to be happy can produce and instead search for happiness in
A visit to the Cass and Cabot Street neighborhood of Portsmouth evokes a sense of history and a feeling of home. This residential neighborhood is truly a diverse and colorful area that has always been home to a wide array of hard workers, regardless of their background. Through the original settlement and expansion of this seaside port, the industrial revolution, and now entering the 21st century, this neighborhood has retained an enduring sense of place that sets it apart and makes it truly unique.
George Saunders, a writer with a particular inclination in modern America, carefully depicts the newly-emerged working class of America and its poor living condition in his literary works. By blending fact with fiction, Saunders intentionally chooses to expose the working class’s hardship, which greatly caused by poverty and illiteracy, through a satirical approach to criticize realistic contemporary situations. In his short story “Sea Oak,” the narrator Thomas who works at a strip club and his elder aunt Bernie who works at Drugtown for minimum are the only two contributors to their impoverished family. Thus, this family of six, including two babies, is only capable to afford a ragged house at Sea Oak,
Several works we have read thus far have criticized the prosperity of American suburbia. Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus, and an excerpt from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "A Coney Island of the Mind" all pass judgement on the denizens of the middle-class and the materialism in which they surround themselves. However, each work does not make the same analysis, as the stories are told from different viewpoints.
Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century. By Kasson, John F. (New York: Hill & Wang, 2002. Acknowledgements, contents, tables and figures, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $17.00 paperback)
Almost 85% of the population lived less than two miles from union square, otherwise known as the city’s population center. In this section of the article the author touches on different types of people found within the city’s limits. In the 1860’s New York city, much as it is today, was defined by extremes in wealth and poverty, ethnic and racial diversity, and power. However, one major difference between 1960’s New York and todays New York is the social class system. In thw 1960’s the social class system in the city was very unstable, where as today, in my opinion, it is much more stable. Really, our social class system anywhere is much more stable now than it has ever been. The streets of the city in the 1960’s not only provided transportation corridors, but were also runways to show off social class and political power. I enjoyed that the author brings up the important icons of the city known as Broadway and Fifth Avenue. These two icons had become important for portraying the city. Which, in all honesty, when one who is not from the city thinks of New York, the first two places one most likely thinks of is Broadway and Fifth Avenue, because to us that is the city. Along with Broadway and Fifth Ave, came Wall Street, and along with that addition came symbolic streetscapes that were usually highlighted in contemporary accounts. In my opinion these are the areas that make the city what it
The laboring poor’s leisure activity was brief, casual, and non-commercial. Amusement was and had to be cheap. It mostly consisted of walks, visiting friends, and reading the penny press. The people of the Lower East Side entertained with sights of interest and penny pleasures such as organ grinders and buskers, acrobats performed tricks and vendors and soda dispensers competed for customers.
The book asks two questions; first, why the changes that have taken place on the sidewalk over the past 40 years have occurred? Focusing on the concentration of poverty in some areas, people movement from one place to the other and how the people working/or living on Sixth Avenue come from such neighborhoods. Second, How the sidewalk life works today? By looking at the mainly poor black men, who work as book and magazine vendors, and/or live on the sidewalk of an upper-middle-class neighborhood. The book follows the lives of several men who work as book and magazine vendors in Greenwich Village during the 1990s, where mos...
The old urban renewal on the neighborhood created what can be seen today as a highly dichotomized neighborhood with elements of both extreme wealth and intense poverty. Walking from South Capitol St. westward, the area follows a starkly contrasting trend – new high-rise, upscale condominiums – then old downtrodden row houses and apartments, some without electricity – and finally an upscale, but old, area mixed with row houses and large apartments and condos. The first two sections are perhaps the most evident example of current urban renewal efforts in the entire city. The ability to stand in a lot in the middle of SW (e.g. the site of the old Waterside Mall) and look down M St. to see three distinct trends shows just how much this neighborhood has been torn apart. The influx of renewal has brought new developers into the eastern portion (looking eastward), where high-rise...
To appreciate a row house neighborhood, one must first look at the plan as a whole before looking at the individual blocks and houses. The city’s goal to build a neighborhood that can be seen as a singular unit is made clear in plan, at both a larger scale (the entire urban plan) and a smaller scale (the scheme of the individual houses). Around 1850, the city began to carve out blocks and streets, with the idea of orienting them around squares and small residential parks. This Victorian style plan organized rectangular blocks around rounded gardens and squares that separated the row houses from major streets. The emphasis on public spaces and gardens to provide relief from the ene...