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The Poorest Community in America Challenges Preconceived Ideas

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Very interesting article in the New York Times about the poorest community in America. It is not in the South or even the Appalacias. It is in New York state. The community, Kiryas Joel, actually has one of the lowest crime rates in the U.S. The thing I find interesting about this article is that it fundamentally challenges a lot of myths about poverty, crime and happiness. Does crime come from poverty or lack of community? Many researchers have found that what is more important for children is to have both parents in their lives, belonging to a community and not having the lastest tech gadget from Nintendo/Apple/fill in the blank. Do our own preconcieved ideas stop us from fighting the real war on poverty and crime? Food for thought.