George Bernard Shaw asserted, “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” Did George indulge in a little hyperbole here? Perhaps. Yet when you look at many of the problems that plague our world today, it is hard to ignore the fact that so many of them seem to stem from greed and a fundamental miscalculation of the factors that lead to a happy human life. Though certainly not unique to impoverished, inner-city communities, it seems that one of the root causes of a menu of other problems that have “infected the hood” is the fundamental misperception that the accumulation of money and material wealth is an end that justifies any cost.
27. South Ward – Newark, NJ. Although I could hazard a few guesses, I can’t say with any certainty exactly what the author ment here with: “Hood Infected.” For the purposes of today, I’m taking the liberty of suggesting that one of the preeminent Glasses Half Empty that has “Infected the Hood” is the illusion that money = happiness.
28. Ironbound – Newark, NJ. Pretty simple statement of fact.
29. North Philadelphia, PA. One of the most ubiquitous mantras of America’s infected hoods: M.O.B. “Money Over Bitches.” It’s hard to decide where to start when analyzing the layers of what is so heartbreakingly broken about this mentality.
30. West Ward – Newark, NJ. Dollar signs are to gang graffiti as crucifixes are to cathedrals.
31. West Ward – Newark, NJ. The first definition of the word “Shiest” that appears in Urbandictionary.com is “A person who will take advantage and cheat in some situations.”
32. West Ward – Newark, NJ. Seems perfectly symbolic that the path to a “Shiest Life” is one of neglected, crumbling steps.
33. Wall Street – Manhattan, NY. Again, just to clarify, “Shiest Life” is not solely confined to the Infected Hood.
34. South Ward – Newark, NJ. My hope is that the artist here was trying to show that Love rises above money. My fear is that the kids who see it will erroneously interpret the two as being intertwined.