-Maps at BHS –

On this trip to the BHS we continued from last weeks visit. We started at the tables from the last visit and heard a brief discussion on outcast and discrimination.  We discussed neighbors and there differences. We learned how depending on where you lived effected your health conditions. Some people felt that the poorer the person the more dirty they were. Prejudice was very common, people even put morality issues into why they cast down on some people. They blamed how others lived if not equal to them. Everything was related to were you lived and how much you made. After this discussion we switched tables.

My group went to the table with the Plans for New York City, 1969  book  it  was filled with maps and photos of different parts of Brooklyn. It described schools, hospitals and the transit system. It was written by the Board of Commissioners to show their ideas on how they want to improve the areas. The first page we saw had a whole bunch of photos on it. Photos ranged from neighborhoods, people, and places.  The next page was filled with pictures of recreational and outdoor activities.  As we read along realized that  due to overcrowding the Commissioners opened more parks and places for fresh air. The next page was a map of schools , most populated area was middle of Brooklyn. Actually that is a pattern throughout all the maps crowding in the middle. Over population caused a reconstruction in schools and the building of new ones, more hospitals in populated areas and the expansion of subways and mta.

The last table we looked at was a series of maps of Brooklyn. There were density maps, disease maps, death of babies, robberies, children in Juvenal deliquesces, and so on. The pattern with all these maps were that the highest rates in all these categories were in the same area. The poorest of the neighborhood is were these categories took place. We noticed that this map also showed high populated low rent areas  were focused in the middle of Brooklyn. Overcrowding followed cheaper living areas and slum neighborhoods. It was a linked together even shows the relationship to the first book.

Every piece of information collected showed a pattern and you can put each separate table and create a connection.



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