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The challenge faced by the disadvantaged 

It is no secret that the city of Boston has grown over the years. Coming from someone who has resided for more than 15 years, I have seen the evolution of the city and how much it has emerged and found profound experience in the areas of health, jobs among others. However, the city has seen to evolve so fast that it has forgotten about those who unfortunately aren't able to keep up with the city's fast-growing paste. 

I wanted to see if I could find someone who thought the same thing I am thinking so I came across an article that specifies how important this issue is and not to my surprise; it came as expected. Boston’s status as a cultural and economic magnet has made it a city particularly out of reach for the city’s poor. Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard says, “As these inner-city neighborhoods gentrify, their resources improve, including the creation of shopping centers, large grocery stores, parks, and upscale restaurants. Moreover, as these neighborhoods become more desirable places to live, the cost of housing, taxes, and rental properties increase, which results in the displacement of many low-income residents who can no longer afford to live there."  Unless there are notable rent subsidies or tax abatements for low-income property owners, their chances of remaining in cities like Boston are rapidly decreasing.

Because of my military career, I have been able to meet a lot of people from different cities and the experiences are similar in some; but not in others. I have friends who are from Jacksonville, NC who's rent is enough for me to do extra and or buy extra things for my delight. While friends from New York City...they say they cannot bear with the crazy inflation in rent; similar to Boston. Now, I've always heard that situation from New York; however, seeing it for myself in Boston is hard to see.

I believe that the solution to this great inflation is to have the neighborhoods of Boston all come together and demand a change, only then will the city of Boston's housing will be accessible for everyone; even those in need. 






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