- Posted August 20, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Black Lives Matter protests (2014)
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
According to the Brookings Institute the number of households living in poverty in Ferguson has doubled since 2000. The number of households using Section 8 vouchers to pay rent has almost tripled in that same time period.
I think we all have so many stereotypes in our heads about what poverty is and is not, that I decided to photograph this town. Suburban poverty can be quite hidden. In the suburbs a person can have their 30-year mortgage paid off and live in a nice house while still needing to visit food banks twice a month to survive.
I also took photos of the schools since they are closed this week as a precautionary measure. Even with an entire extra week off I didn't see one single child outside playing in the parks on Tuesday.
There were some students at the library but the librarian asked me to use discretion about photographing them. I figured this town is under plenty of overexposure this month, so I chose not to photograph library patrons.
Outside of W. Florrisant Road where protests continue, Ferguson is a quiet, clean, and lovely town.