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Old 01-28-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I'm working on a SWOT Analysis on the city of Denver by comparing its inner city woes to other major areas in the country. There is a 40 mile corridor that spans from downtown Denver to Aurora that has been deemed a 'hot' zone for intense poverty, limited access, high crime, increased gang activity, and growing dropout rates. I'm wondering what are the most difficult cities in this country for inner-city dwellers to overcome similar living conditions? I will attach my SWOT Analysis on Denver once completed.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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There is a lot of crime and poverty in my city, but I'm not sure that answers your question. I don't know if it's any more difficult to overcome here than it is in Denver.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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I believe it all boils down to the dominant social culture of a zip code. The culture makes the problems more so than the problems make the culture. How do you change culture? Partly by demonstrating/selling a superior one, but mostly by making it clear to them the one-to-one correlation between their inferior culture and it's negative outcomes.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I believe it all boils down to the dominant social culture of a zip code. The culture makes the problems more so than the problems make the culture. How do you change culture? Partly by demonstrating/selling a superior one, but mostly by making it clear to them the one-to-one correlation between their inferior culture and it's negative outcomes.
In my zip code we have both multi-million dollar mansions and some of the worst blocks in the US.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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In my zip code we have both multi-million dollar mansions and some of the worst blocks in the US.
Fine, dominant social culture of a neighborhood in your case. Often zip code, sometimes town, sometimes state, sometimes country.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I don't know why, but it surprises me that Denver has an inner-city problem. Other than the mass shootings in nearby suburbs, I have hardly ever heard about crime and poverty that goes on there.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I don't know why, but it surprises me that Denver has an inner-city problem. Other than the mass shootings in nearby suburbs, I have hardly ever heard about crime and poverty that goes on there.
I've seen some on my visits, but I'm certain it does not scale to the same level as the post-industrial cities. Hopefully some of our Denver contributors see this.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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There you go. Violence isn't exactly a perfect indicator, but it's pretty well correlated to all of them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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The gang activity is significant in Denver. Not too mentioned, poverty is poverty regardless of the city. It just get magnified in the much larger cities. However, Denver by all means is not averse to violence, drugs, high dropout, economic decay, etc.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:21 PM
 
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I'm working on a SWOT Analysis on the city of Denver by comparing its inner city woes to other major areas in the country. There is a 40 mile corridor that spans from downtown Denver to Aurora that has been deemed a 'hot' zone for intense poverty, limited access, high crime, increased gang activity, and growing dropout rates. I'm wondering what are the most difficult cities in this country for inner-city dwellers to overcome similar living conditions? I will attach my SWOT Analysis on Denver once completed.
Camden, NJ comes immediately to mind.
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