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Have you ever lived in a dangerous inner city?   The Real You: Personality Poll

Started 10/15/20 by Showtalk; 4242 views.
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From: Showtalk 

10/18/20

Does Texas even have inner cities? It all seems so open.  

Showtalk said:

Does Texas even have inner cities? It all seems so open.

I have heard, but never seen first hand, that there are places in Dallas that you don't go running around in at night. However, Texas was settled much later than the dense eastern cities, so they haven't had as much chance to form true ghettos or slums.

I remember as a kid that my parents described the slums we read about in various literature in places like New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, etc. were much bigger than our entire town and had 100x the population crammed into those spaces.

Most of Odessa and Midland seem to be fairly well mixed although there's always Snob Drive where all the conspicuous consumption people live, and now in rural Midland County off of Hwy 191 are these huge mansions on a lot of acreage that each cost north of $5 million.

But yeah, there are some urban blighted areas just about everywhere.

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10/19/20

I think it also has to do with more open space, so your densest cities aren’t packed with people living on top of other people, like in high rises.  Building upkeep is another, as well as job opportunities.  For some reason, some people want to stay close to where they were born, so their cities gradually becoming packed.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/19/20

Portland has it's problems but not enough to deserve the fear and damage BLM are doing.
One tv station did a segment on the "ghetto" created for blacks who moved to Portland to work in the WW2 shipyards. Well, all the empty land close to the shipyards had been filled by houses, starting around 1900. My grandpa grew up in one and his sister took the blueprints and built hers next door in 1904 when she married a richman. The houses were very small. Kids shared rooms. Many slept in attics. They had indoor plumbing. They felt rich.
The blacks moving to Portland were housed in apartments on the north end of town which had the most vacant land and could be reached without several bus transfers. There were mostly blacks in them but years later I had a white friend in one and it was quite nice.
I get so tired of news media with reporters who didn't grow up in Portland trying to turn everything into something racist. My family came in 1900 with my ggm who looked like the Creole (Russian for mixed race) she was and she entertained many wealthy people in her home on Sundays with the family entertaining with music. Her dh sang opera and each of her children mastered a musical instrument.
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I think it also has to do with more open space, so your densest cities aren’t packed with people living on top of other people, like in high rises. Building upkeep is another, as well as job opportunities. For some reason, some people want to stay close to where they were born, so their cities gradually becoming packed.

Well, Dallas, Austin, and Houston especially have a jaw dropping array of high rise apartments and condos. Austin now has a new high rise condo building that rivals many Manhattan skyscrapers.

As more and more people fleeing high tax, high restriction states and cities and end up here in Texas, I can easily see within a few more years, the population density in the big cities here turn them into the very same thing so many were fleeing.

And I see them bringing their high tax and spend ideology with them.

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From: Showtalk 

10/19/20

There are careers made on racism.  In my experience, most people I know are not racist.  I said that once and was driven out of a room by white people.  Some of the outrage is real and some is manufactured.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/19/20

I think you are right. My gf grew up in a part of town where most were Polish Catholics who had their own church and tavern. Down the street were Germans who had their own, also. Then there were the Finns who built identical houses side by side and gave them beautiful paint colors. All worked for the RR. The Irish lived across the river with their own church and worked for the bus company. That was Portland in the early decades. Gradually, people worked together and mingled after work and married out of their own race and religion.
  • Edited October 19, 2020 5:38 pm  by  kizmet1
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From: Showtalk 

10/19/20

We were around when most of the immigrants were from Europe.  In their day, there was a lot of ethnocentrism between cultural groups that were all or almost all white. 

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/19/20

The biases went away when they had to work together to fight WW2.
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10/19/20

Yes and when they intermarried.

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