Word: Encompasses (verb)
Definition: To bring about or accomplish.
Encounter: “Here, poverty and privilege are neighbors; income gaps are a source of resentment and guilt” (page 1, last paragraph). “Where one tract encompasses everything from new luxury apartment houses and dull-floor condominium lofts to small, decaying apartment buildings.”
Comprehension: Through this specific sentence I now understand that those fancy things were bought and accomplished by people that were wealthy.