|•||The median age of the population is 29.6 years, suggesting a high concentration of young people. In fact, 30% of residents are under the age of 18. A full 42% are under the age of 25.|
|•||34% of households are headed by single parents.|
|•||Whereas the mean household income is $35,000, some 48% of households have incomes of less than $20,000.|
Furthermore, this neighborhood has seen an increase in violence that has resulted in killings over the last few years. In fact, in 1994, one of the young people in Four Corners who was a good friend of mine was shot to death.
During the 6 years that I have lived in Four Corners, I have seen these problems from the position of one of the neighbors. The devastation I have witnessed is appalling. I personally know eight teenage boys who were shot but survived since I have lived there. Three others were shot and killed in my neighborhood during the same time. One adult male was stabbed to death during that period. The rapes and domestic violence are less openly discussed, so I do not know much about those occurrences, but most statistical reports suggest that such instances are growing. Two years ago a bullet was shot into my car, and one year ago bullets were fired into the home of a local church pastor. I know some of the boys who sell drugs, and I have come to know many of the addicts. Two women, who are good friends of mine, have had their children taken away by the Department of Social Services (DSS) because they were involved in prostitution and led drug-addicted lifestyles that actually endangered their children on occasion. Two other women I knew died of alcoholism--cirrhosis of the liver. One man I knew well and another who was the father of a friend of mine died of AIDS. Another friend and former neighbor of mine is currently HIV positive. I know countless young boys and a few young girls who have been frequently arrested, and I know many who are in jail at the time of this writing. Of course, I also know many who have dropped out of high school and seem to have nowhere to go.
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