Friday, May 24, 2013

The 64106 - F'd from Birth

For the past few weeks I have been doing some research into this zip code to better understand the infrastructure that exists in this craphole.  Some of the lesser publicised information is a pretty good guide to what conditions are like for those that are born and raised in that environment.  Do we really expect newborns to be straight A students when they are 14 when they are born into a world of hellish conditions.  

  • 2,044 homes that are in that area code were built before 1939 and only 2600 have been built since then.  How the hell are they still standing and what are conditions like inside of them?
  • The highest population rate is for the ages of 0-18.  Exactly how many kids is that per parent?  And the numbers have an incredible drop off after 18.
  • Despite the thoughts of many in the area, almost half the population in that zipcode are white folks.
  • There are over 100 sex offenders in that zip code alone
  • The average income is half the states average at 25k and 43% of the residents are below the poverty line.
  • The highest income level percentage is $0 per year.  
  • High School enrollment is 1/3 of what the rest of the state averages
  • 723 residents over the age of 18 have employment disabilities
  • 1224 residents are living in some type of correctional facility 
  • From 1999 - 2011 their have been over 18 Million dollars of government contracting awarded to businesses their.  WTF have they done with that money?
This is just ONE zip code in the east side.  How do you expect to solve a crime and education problem when kids are being born into this?  Could you be who you are today if you grew up in the above environment?