Urban Sociology Term Paper - 1 Christionne Webb Urban...

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1 Christionne Webb Urban Sociology December 5, 2011 Comparative Analysis of Two Southern Capitols Introduction Atlanta, Georgia and Jackson, Mississippi share same commonalities in gentrification, residential segregation, a deep history of diverse cultures, and economic disparities. However, Jackson’s history of racial discrimination lasted longer than most southern cities, therefore leaving a significant impact on neighborhoods that experienced gentrification. Discrimination against races and ethnicities has affected the social class statuses, costs of living and urban development in both Atlanta and Jackson. Each city has its wealthy area to keep away those who are less educated or those who cannot afford to live within those wealth means. However, newer and more urbanized housing is developing in the downtown areas and are attracting the disappearing middle class to live where it is cheaper and more convenient to maneuver around these cities. The developers forced residents living in already existing, poor neighborhoods to move to an even poorer neighborhood of the city. In the end, the cities are split up into a rich area and a poor area. We see history repeating itself as the wealthy reconstruct areas only to fit within the white’s earnings, only to eliminate the minorities of these poor neighborhoods to depleting areas. All cultures help build up traditions and future lifestyles, and the creative class of each city has been on a rise for years. The traditions have created a new urban culture for people to thrive in their work of arts. For example, music has been a big influence on each of the cities culture, building the cities into more prominent places to attract people to live a comfortable lifestyle. The fine arts will make its mark as the cities continue to change in its urbanity.
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2 In conclusion I would like the reader to observe how each city fluctuates differently over time in each of the four topics I introduced. I have proposed four questions: Why do we still allow gentrification to happen? Why is there not a blend of races living in rich areas within the cities? What are some ways we can improve each city’s environment by the impact of the creative class? What lies ahead in the future for both of these rising cities? Research Methods and Data Source: Ultimate Goal Many newspaper articles, forums, television news broadcasting, journals, and books support my findings for compare/contrast analysis for each city. Relating the history of the cities to its current state was difficult to explain because of its broad topic. However, focusing on certain topics, such as population trends, education, poverty rates and gentrification helped to structure my main ideas. Gentrification and Quality of Life in Education and Cost of Living
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 4226 taught by Professor Charlesjaret during the Fall '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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