The real America is filled with abandoned houses, prostitution, and citizens that have no hope on life. How can this lifestyle become a normal living condition? Some say there is no chance on restoring the communities that were destroyed from drugs. Is our government aware of the hardship and poverty while they send troops to war?
The infestation of drugs overtaking communities results in corruption in neighborhoods, destroying families, weakening the school system and increasing the crime and violence rate. The usage of drugs in major cities, and certain urban areas have transformed them to become an eye sorer. The type of place where unfamiliar faces will be scared to drive through at night. The ghetto is filthy and nasty looking; drugs have caused the used to be new, to look like a complete city that needs to be rehabbed. Some say the ghetto is a beautiful place and there is nothing wrong with it, certainly you would have to live there to feel that way. Recently real estate tycoons have made a fortune on rehabilitating houses. So how do drugs make our neighborhoods look so bad? “When it comes to drugs, think of it as real estate. Location is very important, just like your property value goes up and down, so does the drug market” (Local dealer 1, 2008). Local dealers compete in price and product, drug houses are being set on fire to force users to purchase from the arsonist that funded the fire. Once these houses have been burnt, that puts the house out of business until they move to another location and establishes their clients; I guess it’s like a store. Most big time drug dealers have more than one drug house; the more houses the more money. Abandoned and burned out shells of buildings are a frequent sight, with some 16,037 empty houses recorded in Detroit 1999. The city lacks funding to demolish the properties and the homes are often used for the production, sale, and use of illicit drugs, with drug gangs such as Young Boys Inc(2008). Homes, buildings, and any surface is used for advertising graffiti from territorial gangs, these areas are used to sell drugs. In most cases there are no jobs available and drugs become a career, with a result one ending up in prison, or getting killed. But as we think of reasons for the dealers to choose their lifestyles, what else could be an option. As we all know that the economy goes up, and down. Seems like the urban areas have more poverty then what is expected. Let’s face it; there is not a lot of opportunity in these areas. There are so many teens that are forced to give up their dreams just to make a living, and feed family members. As a child we dream big, because of what we see on television. These dreams usually consist of sports, and entertainment. I remember being a young boy with dreams of going to the NBA. That was my alternative; all I did was play basketball. I even began to write music, like any other teen that endures the struggles of life. But what do we do when are alternatives are taken away from us. What is there left for young adults to do, besides hang on the streets at different times. Even I have experienced things being taken away from my neighborhood. When we were in our early teen years, they took away the basketball rim at the local park. So now there was no place to play ball at, unless we went to another park were there would be rival fights because we are not from their neighborhood. There are no programs for kids were I am from, that will keep them off the streets. And as we all know that there are not enough jobs available to support everyone in the local communities. For example; if you have one million people in a city, and you have actually one thousand hiring businesses, then some people are going to be unemployed. Some will start their own business praying to be successful. The others will have to find a way to bring in some income, and most likely it will be selling drugs, crime, robbery, prostitution, and gambling. All of these are no...
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