Community Essay

1770 WordsJul 7, 20128 Pages
Community as defined by Clark, M. J., 2007, is a group of people who share common interests, who interact with each other, and who function collectively within a defined social structure to address common concerns. Hunts Point is a low-income neighborhood located on a peninsula in the South Bronx in New York City. The average family here makes around $17,000 per year and the average household income is $16,000 per year. There is one New York City Housing Authority low income housing development located in Hunts Point. (NYC Economic Development Corporation) Hunts Point has suffered from crime and poverty for many years and is part of the poorest congressional district in the country, with over half the population living below the poverty line. The community is considered to be a ‘Red Light District’ in many cases for its crime and prostitution. The community’s 41st police precinct consistently records the highest violent crime rate per capita in New York City. As a result, the area has a high rate of incarceration. Due to the lucrative drug trade in the area, many drug addicts reside in the community. Hunts Point has one of the highest concentrations of Hispanics in all of New York City. (NYC Department of City Planning) There are some small local retail shops along Hunts Point Avenue, but the residential community and the employees lack retail options in the area. The peninsula is under-served by large grocery stores or supermarkets. Hunts Point is also home to a growing arts and culture scene, led by the Point, which has been a vibrant and pro-active community center in the neighborhood. (NYC department of City planning) My community has a lot of resources for the betterment of the people in the area which includes, After School Programs that provide academic and recreational activities for children and adolescents; Art Programs for children and families

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