“As in any gentrifying neighborhood, rising property tax bills have put pressure on longtime residents, some of whom remember when values were so low that they paid no property taxes at all. “It’s almost impossible for them to pay,” [Rev. Cornelius] Tilton said. “Their incomes have not increased.”
An upbeat former real estate broker with a Bluetooth device dangling from one ear, Tilton has also noticed other, more subtle changes that have become familiar in the neighborhoods that hug the Mississippi River.
There are fewer children, more single people and childless couples, more whites and more folks from out of town, including a whole crop of newcomers on Tilton’s own block of Constance Street who seemed to have appeared all of a sudden from Chicago.”
Shouldn’t urban schools equip students with skills to deal with an antagonistic criminal justice system, gang violence and rabid unemployment—in addition to equipping them with knowledge that will get them into college?
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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