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By James Diego Vigil

The Pico Gardens housing improvement in East l. a. has a excessive percent of resident households with a background of chronic poverty, gang involvement, and crime. In a few households, participants of 3 generations have belonged to gangs. Many different Pico Gardens households, besides the fact that, have controlled to prevent the cycle of gang involvement. during this paintings, Vigil provides to the culture of poverty learn and elaborates at the organization of kin dynamics and gang club. the most target of his examine used to be to find what elements make a few households extra susceptible to gang club, and why gang resistance used to be evidenced in equally positioned non-gang-involved households. delivering wealthy, in-depth interviews and observations, Vigil examines the large adaptations in source of revenue and social capital that exist one of the ostensibly terrible, commonly Mexican American citizens. Vigil records how households attach and have interaction with social corporations in larger East la to aid chart the exercises and rhythms of the lives of public housing citizens. He provides relatives lifestyles histories to reinforce and supply texture to the quantitative info. by means of learning lifestyles in Pico Gardens, Vigil feels we will be able to greater know how human organisation interacts with structural elements to supply the truth that households dwelling in all public housing advancements needs to cope with day-by-day.

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This group of people finds themselves trapped by a welfare system that allows them to make only a minimal amount of money before they lose their benefits. The economic conditions for residents who live in Pico Gardens are depressing. Adding to the lack of economic opportunity available to residents is that the community has been stigmatized by public officials and the media as a haven for welfare recipients, criminals, and drug users. Tendencies and Trends of Sample Families Our research identified some important differences among families in Pico Gardens.

Boyle, formerly the local parish priest and currently the director of a renowned job development program designed to address the employment needs of local gang youths. A study of this nature and scope would not have been possible without the cooperation of many parties—academic professionals, informants, observers, students, and community researchers (not necessarily mutually exclusive categories). The collaborative research strategy was similar to that used in earlier efforts of co–principal investigator Joan W.

The average household size in Pico Gardens is considerably larger, however, than those in nearby neighborhoods (which are themselves larger than the county average). The families in the barrio contain many more children than those in the surrounding communities, a characteristic that significantly lowers the average age of Pico Garden residents. The level of economic distress in Pico Gardens is evident. 1. A. S. S. Census Bureau 2000 (for all areas except Pico Gardens). A. County overall, and more than a quarter of Pico Gardens households have no car (two and a half times the county-wide figure)—even though the nearest supermarket is two miles away.

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