Politics

Ever Growing Poverty Line

The 1950's for many were prosperous times, many thought that poverty was impossible in the rich and powerful postwar United States. However, below the power and seemingly endless cash flow of the nations economy, revealed a much worse sector of the American Public. In 1959, the US government set the poverty line at $2973 for annual income of a family of four, compared to the poverty line of $17,601 in 2000. The statement of "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" became ever more apparent in the 1950's, revealing the unfortunate "Other America" to the general public.

National Housing Act

In 1949, the US government launched an act to help clean up the cities and remove the the run-down houses that many impoverish families had to live in. The goal was to clear beat-down neighborhoods and replace them with new, low income houses for the less fortunate families of America. Often referred to as "Urban Renewal" because of the intent to renew the inner cities. However, the land that was cleared, and designated for new houses were used for highways, shopping centers, parks, parking lots and factories. The land the Dodger Stadium sits on was a plot that was cleared in promise of low-income housing that was never built. The former occupants of the neighborhood were simply moved from one run-down area to another, getting the name "Urban Removal"