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Old 11-23-2017, 12:06 PM
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As unbelievable as this may seem, there is a small town in Texas that has not had running water for decades.

It just so happens that this small town is mostly black and poor. I'm sure these details are merely coincidental in explaining why they suffer this for so long and no one in power seem eager to fix it.

'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades


Are there other dirty little secrets in the developed parts of the Americas?

Villages or towns (even certain neighborhoods) where basic services that are suppose to be guaranteed for everyone in a developed country are simply not there?
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Old 11-23-2017, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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As unbelievable as this may seem, there is a small town in Texas that has not had running water for decades.

It just so happens that this small town is mostly black and poor. I'm sure these details are merely coincidental in explaining why they suffer this for so long and no one in power seem eager to fix it.

'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades


Are there other dirty little secrets in the developed parts of the Americas?

Villages or towns (even certain neighborhoods) where basic services that are suppose to be guaranteed for everyone in a developed country are simply not there?
I have heard there are some parts of the USA that are like this, but more by choice because some people where trying to live off the gride. Some sort of hippie minimalist thing.

I would not doubt that there are rural areas in Canada especially in North Canada like this. I know parts of North Canada people complain about stuff like having bad amenities... but to some level don't the people that choose to live in these places have some accountability for developement. For examples if you choose to move or continue to live in the middle of no where away from populated areas don't complaint about not being able to get a cell phone signal. If people are forced to stay there that is one thing, but if they choose to stay well that's on them.

No much really shocks about this article.

Lots of dumpy under developed places all over Canada and the USA.
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Old 11-23-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: North East England
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As unbelievable as this may seem, there is a small town in Texas that has not had running water for decades.

It just so happens that this small town is mostly black and poor. I'm sure these details are merely coincidental in explaining why they suffer this for so long and no one in power seem eager to fix it.

'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades


Are there other dirty little secrets in the developed parts of the Americas?

Villages or towns (even certain neighborhoods) where basic services that are suppose to be guaranteed for everyone in a developed country are simply not there?
Parts of the Mississippi Delta,another largely black and poor region have places like that.

Americas poorest place is this one A Native American reservation in South Dakota.The powers that be would prefer you didnt know much about it ,or how they ended up here



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJdp8J3HN1E
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Old 11-23-2017, 10:27 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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This is an old story from 60 Minutes, on the same topic of living with no running water.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1qlibU4mew

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Old 11-23-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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An update on the town profiled above:


An opportunity gamed away | The Washington Post
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:42 AM
 
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An update on the town profiled above:


An opportunity gamed away | The Washington Post
These stories are the saddest I've ever read. How can we leave these people to live this way? =(

Why can't there be help from mission groups? I do know some communities are helped by church groups and the like. AND what about the federal government??

If I were the woman in the sinking home, I'd try to move. That is NOT practical when your home/ community is there and you have no way to have moving money anyway. Besides that, how would a whole community move??

I've lived among people who had little and no hope to move up and beyond having a roof over their head and food. And they were defeated people too. But they had the basics.

My heart is sad for these people.
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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I am not buying the full they are stuck their situation.
People who want to survive need to make efforts to. Thoses who don't actively try to survive parish.

People risk their lives walking across continents and swimmjng across seas and oceans without permission risking their lives to have an uncertain chance to have a better lives.

They leave their families and everything they have ever known with no certainly that they will ever be able to return or survive the trip.

Now these people are not being forced to stay there. If they are poor there might as well hitch a ride to an actually place with working safe drinking water. They might be poor there too but at least they won't dehydrate.

If you want to survive you need to adapt. There is no great wall of fire or forrest full of killer tigers making it impossible for these people to relocate. You can be sentimental or you can get up and try to survive. If you lack the sense to understand this reality ..... then the outcome is on you.

Only the strong survive.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:17 AM
 
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I am not buying the full they are stuck their situation.
People who want to survive need to make efforts to. Thoses who don't actively try to survive parish.

People risk their lives walking across continents and swimmjng across seas and oceans without permission risking their lives to have an uncertain chance to have a better lives.

They leave their families and everything they have ever known with no certainly that they will ever be able to return or survive the trip.

Now these people are not being forced to stay there. If they are poor there might as well hitch a ride to an actually place with working safe drinking water. They might be poor there too but at least they won't dehydrate.

If you want to survive you need to adapt. There is no great wall of fire or forrest full of killer tigers making it impossible for these people to relocate. You can be sentimental or you can get up and try to survive. If you lack the sense to understand this reality ..... then the outcome is on you.

Only the strong survive.
The woman in the article is/ was seeking a better way. She used her savings before she asked for help. She looked at a trailer someone else had received or bought?

As far as only the strong survive, I think these people.are plenty strong to have gotten through this long. The problem is their local officials used the money frpm the casinos unwisely.

As far as relocating... The comes a point when a person experiences so many set backs that they lose the ability to believe they can make a real change.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:58 AM
 
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As unbelievable as this may seem, there is a small town in Texas that has not had running water for decades.

It just so happens that this small town is mostly black and poor. I'm sure these details are merely coincidental in explaining why they suffer this for so long and no one in power seem eager to fix it.

'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades


Are there other dirty little secrets in the developed parts of the Americas?

Villages or towns (even certain neighborhoods) where basic services that are suppose to be guaranteed for everyone in a developed country are simply not there?
While I may feel bad for those folks. Where in the whole country is there a guarantee to running water much less any domestic service??
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:37 AM
 
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The woman in the article is/ was seeking a better way. She used her savings before she asked for help. She looked at a trailer someone else had received or bought?

As far as only the strong survive, I think these people.are plenty strong to have gotten through this long. The problem is their local officials used the money frpm the casinos unwisely.

As far as relocating... The comes a point when a person experiences so many set backs that they lose the ability to believe they can make a real change.
I totally don't think that they are "weak" as they have still managed to survive, but why they choose to continue to stay under these conditions is the question.

I can appreciate the idea that after I while stop believing change is possible.

However their fight is with his local officials if anything. If the population density does and the logistics don't support efforts to develop an area having areas with other this amenities can happen. In cases like this that question is ... is it cheaper to bring the water to the people or the people to the water?

Personal accountability needs to matter. Americans are free to move to any places in the USA so if they choose to stay knowing this water issue well that was the choice they made. They need to keep advocating to try to get water ... but until they win that battle they are placing their safety and quality of life at risk.
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