MILLION DOLLAR BLOCKS, WHAT ARE THEY?
This here is a must read: http://tinyurl.com/azd964
In a nutshell, million dollar blocks are city blocks that have been identified via mapping that certain citizens used to call home who now call various penitentiaries their homes. The mapping is beyond interesting. Suffice it to say that it is probably not a shock to most of us that these blocks are home to an overwhelming majority of the poverty stricken, but isn't it worth noting that the poorest neighborhoods are costing the government the most? The government is actually spending a million dollars a block and sometimes even five million dollars a block to rid these neighborhoods, either permanently or temporarily, of certain individuals that used to dwell in these neighborhoods who mostly all fall below the poverty line. And, what exactly is it getting for its buck? Is it getting a return for its investment in the removal of these persons from their communities and families? You bet it is! That is if your definition of "return" includes the concept of a negative. Wouldn't it be more prudent to consider investing any sum of money to SERVE the people on these blocks rather than PUNISH them?
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