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New York News: Class Divisions & A Golf Course

New York News: Class Divisions & A Golf Course The State of New York has given New York City 97 million dollars to develop a public 18-hole golf course on the newly re-constructed Perry Point Park. The park sits in the poorest borough of New York City, the Bronx. Many residents have voiced their perspectives and concern, such as the incomprehensible spending and the potentials risks of methane gas exposure. The construction of the golf course at Ferry Point Park is the most reprehensible symbol of class division and money distribution. Although the economically thriving state of New York still holds a large percentage of the nation’s top earners, the Bronx couldn’t be any more different. While Manhattan’s average household income between 2002 and 2010 has grown by $29,000, the Bronx has hardly bounced back from the recession and has only increased by $8,000.  According to the poverty results taken in 2009 by city-data.com, 34.4% of those who reside in the Bronx have an income below the poverty level. This is 16.2% more than the nation’s poverty level. In the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 1 in 5 households (1.8 million residents) in New York rely on food stamps. Their economy is still at the climax of the recession; home ownership has declined, housing values have plummeted, and fewer individuals carry health insurance. This poses an essential question; is spending 97 million dollars and turning over acres of land to build a golf course a feasible and efficient use of the city’s resources. In addition, the Ferry Point Golf Course will sit on a landfill that closed down in 1963 and has since been holding high levels of explosive methane gas. Although New York City has installed wells to measure and track the explosive level, residents are still righteously concerned that they are breathing lethal gas. While many residents are against the construction of another Trump National and International Golf Club, there many advocate for the construction. The Mayor’s administration has emphasized the history of golf as a past time. They stated that despite the decline in the use of golf courses, the Ferry Point neighbors expressed their overwhelming desire for a golf course in 1977. The administration argues that golf has been an important pastime for Americans for the past half of a century. Other park advocates…
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