Milwaukee's Frederick McKissack reflects on the different life outcomes of his nephew and the latest casualty of street life. "One was nurtured on the street; the other was expected to do well by family and teachers." Joanne Jacobs, ruminating on Hillbilly Elegy, sees the same dynamic at work in the hollers and in the 'hood. "If Mama ain’t functional (and Daddy’s gone), ain’t nobody functional."
Not much that public policy can do, when the village has all the redeeming features of the trailer park, the projects, and the hippie commune. It's the trashy culture, stupid.