Five Points Station: Racial Equality?

http://committeeforabetteratlanta.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/homeless.jpg When riding the train at Five Points Station you would think that it would be secure and safe. We do not live in a perfect world, but there are some places that call for security. For example, the shopping mall has plenty of security hanging around to make sure merchandise is not stolen and people are safe. MARTA is the Atlanta areas’ transportation system. It is a great source of transportation, but there is a difference when it comes down to where it is located. Marta Five Points Station is a symbol of the Gender, Race, and Class discrimination in the downtown area location. I can explain this all. For those who do not know what MARTA is or looks like I have provided a link to where you can find more information about the transportation system. http://itsmarta.com/about-marta.aspx http://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltqywcrHTc1r54c4oo1_1280.jpg Locations There are five train stations I used to get around the inner and outer city area. Those are: Five Points, Peachtree Center, Midtown, Arts Center, and Lenox. As you can see above in the picture, Five Points Station is the center of all train stations and it is the quickest way to get to each station I use. If this is the central hub for all stations then why is it the most rundown area? I will go into detail about the location, security, cleanliness, and locations of each train station. Let me start off with the first station I mention, which is Five Points Station. This is located in downtown Atlanta is approximately and 11 minute walk away from me. I use this station if I want...

Rough Draft One

The Experience Economy Here is a common question: “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” When asked this question, what exactly shapes the answers that people respond with? Well, the chosen destination has to be appealing in some way to them. Environments are actually made to be appealing to others for the very reason of capturing the attention of strangers for the enhancement of their own experience economies. The experience economy, as scholars Marling, Jensen, and Kiib assert, is centered on the idea of creating a stimulating environment with attractions to demonstrate a higher standard of living, and thus inviting visitors to engage in a given space. Typically, an environment that actively participates in the experience economy includes some level of Disneyfication—“anything that looks negative is removed and the facts are buried” (Matusitz & Palermo 97). In order to appeal to people, cities are beautified and promoted to unrealistic or biased extremes. The incentive for Disneyfication is actually economic growth within certain corporate businesses as well as the overall environment. Due to healthy competition, this phenomenon is global. Atlanta, Georgia most evidently began its Disneyfication through an experience economy around the year 1988 according to scholars from the American Sociological Association Gallagher and Lacy. From then on, Atlanta has adopts several attraction sites and become the home for major corporations like CNN and Coca-Cola. In this way, Atlanta is acknowledged for its thorough growth and can actually be called a “fun” place to visit—or at least that is the goal. Without taking the initiative to build up an appealing environment, Atlanta would not be...
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