09-01-2012, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Lower Middle TN
| | Cyrano, you're right. If a neighborhood looks run down the addicts are gonna take over. The homeless and the transients and the drug pushers will be taking over. The part of town that I live in at one time was called the black bottoms. There were 3 juke joints on the street I lived on. As a matter of fact I bought one of the old juke joints right across the street from my house. The building is a shack now. The area I live in was at one time all black. Well the properties were sold and we who live here now are trying to keep it kept up. You are right about the social problems. Way back before welfare it was the church. The churches in the community were the major outreaches to the people. The churches would help each other to help the people in need. Love thy neighbor as thy self. Yeah I forgot the address of that one too.
Originally Posted by Cyrano
Up here in Yankee-Land, this is known as the "Giuliani Broken Window Theory." If broken windows don't get repaired, neighborhoods go downhill. If people take care of the little things, fix windows, mow lawns, put up window boxes and planters, and keep things painted, for themselves and their neighbors, the neighborhood will improve and thrive. The evidence of New York City's neighborhoods seems to support the theory.
Jesus said somewhere in the Gospels (I'm not a Bible scholar), "Love thy neighbor as thyself." If we practice that -- if we take care of our neighbors with little things like mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, helping them fix up houses, help them blow the leaves in the fall, just being neighborly -- I suspect quite a number of social problems would disappear.
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