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A Critical Look at the Economy of Cities

Cities are quite an interesting thing to look at economically, aren’t they? There is so much going on that it can, at times, be difficult to analyze what it is that needs to be done and how the economy of those locations may play a significant role in how those people live. Let’s take a look at some of the hot topics that are going in cities all over the world.

Poverty in cities

This is one of the main things that people discuss when it comes to looking at what exactly may be going on in our cities and around the world. Many inner-city areas have a lot of poverty and their economies aren’t thriving as much as other spaces within the same city. How can we turn that around so that those areas contribute to the health of the city as a whole? There are a lot of theories, but many people cite that small businesses could be a significant part of making that happen more effectively.

 

“The rich areas” of cities

We all know where the “rich parts” of cities may be. Whether it’s in the suburbs, high in the condominiums, or in the gated communities, it’s really interesting to see how much of a difference that there is between the rich parts of cities and the poverty-stricken parts. These parts have seemed to be built for people who are more well off, with better school districts and more “upscale” businesses.

What needs to be done?

So, there seems to be a divide, and it’s really interesting to see what may be involved in making changes. In some cases, it may be as simple as trying to blur the lines and connect people from the different parts of the city. Not only does it benefit the impoverished areas by giving them more commerce and assistance, but it also helps those in the wealthier areas to do good in their communities and make a difference in the cities that they reside in.

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Can we make changes?

This is always the question, isn’t it? The answer is – it depends. It takes people who are willing and it takes a structure that actually encourages people to come together. In some cities, the systems that they’re using in order to help more impoverished people are actually helpful and it unites the city in new and unique ways. It encourages diversity and the entire community benefits. In other instances, it can cause some tension. It takes cooperation but, as time goes on, it can be beneficial socially, economically, and politically as well.

What is your community doing in order to face these sorts of issues? It is complicated and may be tough to deal with, but it’s important to look at what we’re doing and how we may want to move forward. Consider looking into your community’s economic situation and speak with people who have ideas about how these things may work. In the long run, it may be something that can be incredibly useful and you’ll find that you can make a difference there as well.