Capitol Park, site of Michigan's first Capitol building and more recently where people wait for the bus, is a major front in the block-by-block battle to gentrify downtown.
Harrison Rea's insight:
Detroit has decided to begin to gentrify the downtown area starting with Capitol Park. The Capitol Park site in Detroit is going to be the new arts district for the city. This is all part of the gentrification process Detroit has been attempting since the mid 2000s. The effort to increase the popularity of this district, has already been planned. Many pop-up retail shops and other street events to increase pedestrian traffic. Capitol Park used to be the centre of Detroit after it became a state in 1837. The property here is still undervalued, as of most Detroit real estate. Building in the Capitol Park district have been valued at 2 or 3 million.
This relates to our unit because it talks directly about Detroit and gentrification, two things we explicitly mentioned in our class discussions. Detroit is a city where subrubanization has taken over. All of the main service sector, who may work in Detroit, lives outside of it. Detroit has been majorly redlined by banks, with only the CBD's such as Capitol Park retaining whatever little value it has due to the state of the city.
Poverty is growing faster in the suburbs than anywhere else in the United States, soaring 64% over the past decade.
Harrison Rea's insight:
Poverty in the suburban zones of the United States has increased by 64% over the past decade. This is a sign that the American middle class has fallen greatly, due to the loss of the labor business of many major american industries, who have instead begun offshoring, or outsourcing. The rates of poverty in these suburbs has increased not only due to lack of employment, it is also due to more new immigrants, coming to these suburbs due to the cheaper land, and the housing boom which had began in the 2000s. During the 2007 recession,some of these developements lost much equity, impoverishing families. The largest issue with these newly poor suburbs, is the lack of federal aid. The majority of which goes to cities, not suburbs.
This article blends well with our economic unit in Ap Human Geography. In our economic unit, we did a lot of work on suburbanization, and this article really shows the consequences of those suburbs. This article also talks about the loss of american industry to low-labour middle class workers in these suburbs. The intervening oppurtunities of these companies lead to put these people out of work, and instead in poverty. These newly growing impovished communities, will only continue to fall down the economic ladder unless they are bailed out, by federal aid.
Relying on GPS devices can erode our ability to develop mental maps.
Harrison Rea's insight:
The article states that GPS units have slowly been destroying the mental map making process that has been put in use by humans for the past millennium. It shows facts that lead to the conclusion that GPS units are not as innocent as they seem. The author is a psychologist, who was experimenting with different ways of creating cognitive (mental) maps. The author puts forth the possibility of losing the ability of creating mental maps, if there is persistent use of a GPS. When using a GPS multiple situations arise when people may have to go against their “mental” maps, further leading to a disregard for this information. The author then begins to conclude the article by stating that the brain tries to get rid of anything unnecessary hinting that mental maps are heading to a dark age.
The article relates to human geography in several different ways. Diffusion and cognitive maps being the most obvious. The article relates to diffusion because of how the GPS trended around the world, and how it became a fad, due to its ability to navigate through streets. Due to the widespread use of GPS it becomes clear that humans struggle navigating through new places, which is to be expected. It also becomes clear that since, humans have been able to navigate the world for hundreds of years before a GPS that there is something wrong. It indicates that humans are losing some of their cognitive ability over time. Mental maps have been taken for granted. The whole concept of a mental map directly relates to human geography, mental maps are a necessary precursor for a map. Without understanding what it is you are mapping, there is no plausible way for you to map it. Mental maps have been the cause for many great events in human history, those with the strongest, the best mental maps, were navigators, and explorers of the new world. There was a need for someone who understood, scale, true direction, and true location, but that is now becoming a lost cause due to the creation and widespread use of the GPS unit.
Passengers were fleeing growing violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in western Burma...
There is a growing challenge to find residence for Burmese residents, afloat near the coast of Thailand. There has been a growing dispute between the Muslim and Budhist communities in Burma, and muslims are now fleeing the country. The U.N has granted these burmese refugee status, and has been trying to convince neighbouring countries around Burma to take these people in. There has already been a flock of increase in burmese residents in Thailand, so Thailand is hesitating to take anymore in.
This relates to human geography, because it addresses the difficulties of migration. This article talks about forced migration, and how cultural differences can be a serious push factor for immigrants. Their is no pull factor for these immigrants. The only pull factor they have is a place to live. There are around 800 thousand of these refugees and some are still in Burma, facing widespread discrimination and hostility. These refugees need a place to stay.
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