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This articles main focal point is on the social deterioration of ghetto neighborhoods with residents saying their community has gone from bad to worse For example in the neighborhood of Woodlawn located on the southside of Chicago there were over eight hundred commercial and industrial establishment in 1950 Today there are less than 100 left One resident even referred to his neighborhood as an empty bombed out war zone With neighborhoods like that of Woodlawn sprouting up all over the United States you cant help but wonder what these people are doing to bring in money Many of them certainly dont have jobs mainly because of the lack of businesses in these areas These neighborhoods became infested with gangs who are committing crimes that leave the residents of these neighborhoods scared to leave their homes They are out robbing killing and selling drugs Its bad when you live in a neighborhood where its virtually impossible to find a job and your scared to let your kids out of the house at night because you know theyre going to be robbed for all theyve got One 17 year old college kid put it when youre around totally negative people thats the way your gonna be regardless It has to be extremely hard especially for a teenager to grow up in such a place You have the gangs trying to get you to join and you see how hard it is to get a job so joining the gang suddenly seems like the thing to do You want to make money and you cant get a job so you want to join the gang and sell drugs or rob people do whatever you have to do to make money This is what the economy is doing to society by letting the rich become richer and letting the poor get poorer
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