Urban Policy

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, was once a thriving board walk and inspiration for the original version of the famous board game Monopoly (Wikipedia). The casinos brought in tourists and business from all over. Today bankruptcy and closures have turned a once thriving city into a struggling one. Then in 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck Atlantic City causing flooding and power outages affecting the entire city. This urban area like many others is in need of policies to help its transition back into a healthy and successful community.

Policies need to be established in these regions to improve education, employment, and the environment and community. As a future educator I believe school systems are the key to improving any area. There need to be policies in place to help support Urban schools, teachers, and students. For example, professional development programs would help create more efficient and better quality educators. The more qualified the teacher the better the education provided. Further, schools need proper funding for supplies and after school programs. Keeping students off of the streets and in a productive environment is key yo improving the area as a whole.

Once the schools are improved there then needs to be changes made to the job market. Increases in minimum wage and programs to aid citizens in finding work will help to begin illuminating poverty in urban areas. With high unemployment rates urban areas will never be able to improve. Those living in poverty in urban areas deserve to be able to provide for themselves and their families.

Lastly, I believe the community and the environment should be protected by urban policy. Policies should help to fund community parks and recreation centers in order to from a closer and healthier community. Communities that are not built to benefit the society can harm it. According to change.gov, “nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks and less than half of our country’s children have a playground within walking distance of their homes.” Simple things like sidewalks can change the structure of the community and better it for all.

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City,_New_Jersey#Modern_day_challenges

http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy_agenda/

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Urban Policy

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