The Urban Inquirer
A blog produced by students at Queens College, CUNY

The immigration policy has become stricter with the new presidential election. Donald Trump wants to build his famous wall that he never stops mentioning, and he wants illegal immigrants to stay where they came from. Borders have check points, which is smart. The people and the government wouldn’t want things smuggled into a different country, […]

In 1971, former U.S president Richard Nixon, notorious for the Watergate Scandal, proclaimed a so called “War on Drugs”. For the next several decades, the whole nation was turned upside down. Labeled as “public enemy number one”, a crackdown on enforcing the drug laws and creating stricter legislation was starting to ensue. This was when […]

Immigration has played a major role in shaping the United States of America into the one of the most diverse countries in the world. The United States of America is known as the land of opportunity because of its open immigration policy which allowed immigrants from all over the world to settle here and accomplish […]

Everyone who watches the news today sees breaking news about how people are shot by police. People that are normalized to be shot by a cop are black men- unarmed black men. People like Eric Garner and Michael Brown were unarmed, black, and killed by cops. Eric Garner was put into a choke hold for […]

Categories: Group 5, Public Space | 1 Comment

A public space is a place that’s open to the public. People are allowed to use and access these public places such as parks, roads, malls, beaches, etc. New York City has public spaces all around. We have central park, Times square, zoo’s, etc. Since anyone is allowed in these spaces, violence or threats can […]

How many times have you been walking down the street looking for a place to sit, not knowing if you were able to sit in these areas? If you can, these places are called public spaces. Public spaces are “A public space may be a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, […]

New York City is in very high demand for a place to be living. Everyone who lives in New York City knows the struggle of paying for rent, and some can’t even make rent. People are moving out and getting roommates to meet rent or even moving out of the city to be able to […]

Housing affordability is housing that meets the needs for families with low or moderate income. These families can meet the needs for food, clothes, entertainment, etc. Living in New York City, you can see so many different races all around you. Each neighborhood is different in this city according to race and ethnicity. Residential segregation plays […]

Obviously, residential segregation would not exist if it wasn’t for racial segregation. To understand why residential segregation one would have to understand the backstory of our history so here’s a little recap. Racial segregation is something that’s been going on for decades. Racial segregation is the divide between ethnic groups and it’s an issue that […]

New York City has become one of the most expensive places to live in throughout the United States. Everything from transportation, gas, groceries and insurance has completely emptied the pockets of New Yorkers, no matter how hard they’re working. However, the heaviest expense of them all is rent. Finding an apartment in New York City […]

I’ve learned quite a few things during this course one of them being about poverty. I thought I knew it all about poverty because my family and I experienced poverty, however, we never really tried to education ourselves on exactly why people can’t get out of poverty. I never knew about the three theories of […]

Residential segregation has played a major role in shaping the United States into what it is today, especially a major city such as New York. The Industrial Revolution in the 1760s was a major event that changed the nature of cities in the United States. The Great Migration was an effect of this revolution as […]

Most of the time we see “Made in China” or somewhere not in the U.S. on our products. This is due to the idea of Globalization. Globalization and Privatization of companies impacts our world greatly today just like they have before in the past. Like they say, there’s always two sides to a story. In […]

Low wage workers specifically people of color throughout the United States struggle to make ends meet and to support their families. Certain states like New York, California or Hawaii are too expensive to live in and with a low minimum wage $9.25 – $11.00 and it isn’t nearly enough to live a comfortable life. Though […]

The history of New York City all started with Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 who sailed all throughout the Atlantic Coast, however, nothing was settled until the dutch began fur trading as well as sending families to work in settlements in New Amsterdam in 1624. Trading tools, clothes, and farming equipment started becoming big in […]