We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Actually is it free, state-supported high rise housing. Not to mention the food stamps and welfare checks courtesy of the French taxpayer. The real problem here, apart from the fact that integrating African Muslims into French culture was always going to be a dubious proposition at best, is that France encouraged these immigrants to retain their own languages and cultures while absurdly generous social benefits destroyed any hope of turning these people into productive citizens. Of course, the solutions one hears proposed now are not to compel these Muslims to adopt the French language and values, but to appease them further through special group preferences and perks, and and by throwing even more money into yet more low-income housing. One wonders what France was hoping to accomplish by admitting them in the first place.
Adding even further to the irony, as you may recall, back in the 1950s Algeria fought a long and bloody war against its colonial master, France, which resulted in the expulsion of over 1,000,000 French settlers and Algerian independence. Of course, not long after the war ended, hundreds of thousands of Algerians decided to move to France anyways, and several decades later are now complaining about mistreatment from the French IN THE VERY COUNTRY TO WHICH THEY VOLUNTARILY MOVED. Truth is stranger than fiction, they say.
High rise housing is not good for anybody, even people living in Trump monstrosities in NYC. In low-income housing the elevators are frequently broken, not to mention slow, and the stairwells become crime sites. Whatever you may think of the reasons for single women having multiple children, the results are dire for those children living in high rise apartments. They cannot safely go out to play unsupervised, but it is no better for them to be trapped indoors with the TV. The children in Trump monstrosities have nannies to take them 15 flights downstairs while their mamas lunch and go to galleries. Low income children roam unsupervised and grow up to firebomb cars. The high rises are not the only cause of anti social behavior, but they certainly facilitate it.
he has a great deal of venom
for Le Corbusier and his plans for Paris in the early 20th C.(urban renewal/hi-rise blocks/etc)....
the standard antidote to whom is
generally considered to be
Jane Jacobs "Life and Death of Great American Cities"
(keep the low rise existing "slums"[?] their social networks
and pedestrian scale, mix of residences and industry,shops,etc.)
the solution is decried(and blamed)
for the social behavior,
little comment is made about the health conditions in
cities of the 19th century which gave rise to the search for the ("failed") 20th C. solutions.
aside from that,
Dalrymple has great insight into
urban social dysfunction,
and quite a number of articles about it.
Good articles. Growing up in England, I remember how much people got out of living in the sneered at two-up, two down. Brits love their gardens, even minute and soot covered. Kids can play in them, mothers can hang out wash in them (rather than brave 15 flights of stairs to a communal laundry), dads can tinker in the shed.
The articles beg the obvious question: isn't this the story of American cities too? Visiting people in these kinds of towers, the oppressive influence of the architecture was palpable. But, obviously, the real problem is human, moral, political. If you allow an unemployed mob to develop and give them no opportunities to do honest work, you have to give them their bread and circusses. And you should not be surprised by their viciousness. When I used to visit group home kids in the towers, they would escort me to the busstop after dark and wait with me so that the gangs would not get me. "My" kids knew that I was okay, but the thugs on the street didn't care.
"But, obviously, the real problem is human, moral, political. If you allow an unemployed mob to develop and give them no opportunities to do honest work, you have to give them their bread and circusses."