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(Grist)   Income inequality has gotten so bad it can be seen from space   ( divider line
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24422 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 May 2012 at 8:37 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-05-30 07:02:01 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-05-30 09:24:02 PM  
4 votes:
This must be one of the poorest areas on the planet.

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2012-05-30 07:53:31 PM  
4 votes:
"Since trees increase property values, this is a classic case of the rich being given whatever they need to get richer. And considering the other things trees do for us, it's also a case of the rich getting to be smarter, cooler, and have fewer allergies. "

This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read. Poorer people can plant trees too, unfortunately the neighborhood doesn't look like it was planned for that many trees, or a residential park.

"Only rich people are allowed that many trees!" That doesn't even look like richville, either.
2012-05-30 09:38:31 PM  
3 votes:
Most plants prefer rich soil.
2012-05-30 09:01:18 PM  
3 votes:
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This is just their imagination! There is no such thing as income inequality.

Trickle down economics! More tax cuts for the Rich! The poor defenseless Job Creators need to coddled!
2012-05-30 07:07:58 PM  
3 votes:
Having read the article I can deduce that if we plant some trees we'll all be rich and better looking.
2012-05-30 11:06:44 PM  
2 votes:
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Also your blog sucks.
2012-05-30 09:41:35 PM  
2 votes:
When you're poor, the last thing in the world you want is for your neighborhood to look "nice." The only reason you can afford to live there is because other people don't want to. If other people want to live there, they can and will take it right away from you. That's what being poor means.

When you're poor, you want the inside of your house or apartment to look nice, and be a pleasant place to be, because you live there, but the last thing in the world you need is some bunch of do-gooders fixing up the outside of your neighborhood and raising your rent.

Would you like to live someplace that looked beautiful? Of course. But you can't afford to, and if you beautify the place you are, all it means is you won't get to be there anymore. If you let some do-gooder beautify the place you are, it still means you won't get to be there anymore. Up goes your rent, in come your trendy "betters," and out you go--one more improvement to the neighborhood as it attracts a better quality of people. :-/

When you're poor, you know that "turning the neighborhood around" is code that includes filling it up with people who aren't like you.

Melancholy thinking. But seriously, that's why poor folks in neighborhoods sometimes get skeptical of or pissed off at do-gooders. Or at gay couples with a lot of time for home improvement projects.

Rent control has been tried as an answer--guarantee the people who live there that their rent won't go up and that they can keep living there. Downside: slum lords and sublets.

Ambiance is the ultimate public good.

Oh yeah, trees.

Trees are nice. Trees are great. Yeah, poor people could make their neighborhood look a lot ritzier if they planted some. If their neighborhood looked a lot ritzier, the landlords could get a lot more rent for their homes and apartments.

So...why would poor people want to plant trees, again?

"I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member." -- Groucho Marx
2012-05-30 07:26:49 PM  
2 votes:

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2012-05-30 10:35:20 PM  
1 vote:
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but, but it's so green!!!

Oh wait... it's Detroit...
2012-05-30 10:32:11 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah I've never felt richer than when the tree in my front yard was discovered to be crushing the pipes leading to the sewer, or when part of it collapsed on the power lines directly in front of my house during a windstorm.

Then again I'm from PA, trees aren't exactly scarce here. fark them.
2012-05-30 09:50:55 PM  
1 vote:
The article was so stupid it blew the semi-valid point it made straight outta the water.

It also gets the Razzberry of the Week for its thumpingly clumsy use of the correlation/causation fallacy.

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2012-05-30 09:44:54 PM  
1 vote:
I'll start worrying about income equality once we've tackled ability equality.
2012-05-30 09:24:42 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-05-30 09:06:16 PM  
1 vote:
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So, Siberia has some of the wealthiest residents in the world, then?
2012-05-30 09:04:27 PM  
1 vote:

clintp: The article completely ignores the fact that poor *urban* areas look like this. Poor rural areas have trees just the same.

Some of the poorest rural areas are quite heavily forested. See also: Appalachia and most of lower Mississippi.
2012-05-30 09:04:20 PM  
1 vote:
I cut trees for a living and I can testify that the assertions in the article are true. But it is a symptom of people's mindset. People in poor neighborhoods tend to hate trees and just want them whacked away from their house. The hacking wounds the trees and creates structural problems later as the trees continue to grow. So they cut the trees down. Poor people don't want trees because they think trees are bad and dangerous. Many rich people think this way also, but some of them can be educated (and afford) about proper pruning instead of just hacking off any limb pointing toward the house. Rich people can also afford to plant decent trees instead of just letting whatever weeds sprout in the yard turn into big weed trees because nobody mowed them down.
2012-05-30 08:51:09 PM  
1 vote:
West Oakland never had trees. It's built on "reclaimed" marsh land. Piedmont is in the naturally forested Oakland hills.
2012-05-30 08:48:24 PM  
1 vote:

Godscrack: Also;
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That neighborhood has way too many churches. They need to fix their zoning.
2012-05-30 08:47:16 PM  
1 vote:
Poor methodology. One can look at a sat photo of Manhattan and from the article's conclusion that it must be the world's poorest place (barring Central Park). It doesn't really take into consideration population density, zoning, etc etc etc.
2012-05-30 08:29:15 PM  
1 vote:
Here in Portland we're lucky to have Friends of Trees. Two years ago we bought a house that didn't have anything planted. Through FoT we were able to buy 2 street trees and 2 trees for the backyard for a good price. Great community program.

Friends of Trees: Urban street and yard trees increase air and water quality, improve neighborhood livability, help mitigate stormwater runoff, boost property values, and help beautify neighborhoods. Since Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in 1989, we have planted more than 450,000 trees and native plants.
2012-05-30 08:08:03 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, so now you libs want to socialize trees?
2012-05-30 08:05:15 PM  
1 vote:

violentsalvation: "Since trees increase property values, this is a classic case of the rich being given whatever they need to get richer. And considering the other things trees do for us, it's also a case of the rich getting to be smarter, cooler, and have fewer allergies. "

This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read.

Thank you. I think I lost 1/2 an IQ point just reading it.
2012-05-30 07:39:59 PM  
1 vote:
I'm still not sold, I think the research might be a little shady.
2012-05-30 07:06:31 PM  
1 vote:
To be fair, some of this is probably based on the larger tracts of land the rich purchase and the money they spend landscaping it. Some of it.
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