How the Coastline Became a Place to Put the Poor

Having family that grew up in the Rockways has been known to be very dangerous back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. My family wanted out like many others as well. Even families that were so far into crime did as well. Everyone who lived their had a dream of getting out of the projects because of the horrible living conditions and isolation on the island. Reading this article opened my eyes on why it was so bad including why it took so many years to get help right after Hurricane Sandy destroyed most homes and businesses on the Rockways. The Rockways is considered to be the most poorest part of the city which is called “The Slums”. People like Robert Moses had the idea and build Project Houses to relocate poor minorities, in which is most identified as Black and Latino families  in areas that would isolate people from the rest of the city  such as the Rockways. The Rockways has turned into one of the worst places to live in New York City. I feel that once everything is set for mass gentrification, the argument will be that minorities, mostly poor Blacks and Latino’s can’t live with each other and that is simply untrue.

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