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- Crime & SafetyC
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- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessC+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Elmwood is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island with a population of 10,785. Elmwood is in Providence County. Living in Elmwood offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Elmwood there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Elmwood and residents tend to be liberal.
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The housing in the area where I live is very diverse. When the houses were built, largely in the mid to late-nineteenth century, they were very grand and belonged to some of our city's prominent citizens. Since then the neighborhood has, in some areas, deteriorated, but a few of these beautiful Victorians are well kept up by their owners. The majority of the residents of my neighborhood are renters, and have less attachment to their homes. They tend to move on quickly, so invest less in their living spaces. Landlords are often lazy about landscaping and painting the houses of renters that have lower incomes, and I've also noticed that the city tends to be more negligent about street repairs, such as potholes or cracked sidewalks, in my area. I am a renter, and my landlord must be one of the laziest people going, but I planted flowers in the front of the building, tend others in pots, and in general, try to keep my porch swept and clean. The property across the street from where I live is abandoned, and I find the sight depressing. I feel it brings down the whole aspect of our street and is a magnet for neighborhood gangs who hang out to drink and use drugs after sundown. Abandoned homes and properties, in general, reflect negatively on the quality of a neighborhood, and I think cities should try and prevent this, whether or not the neighborhood is high or low income.
As mentioned previously, I live in a rather low-income area where the majority of the residents and business owners are Latin-American. For this reason, there is a predominance of Latino restaurants, mostly run by Dominicans, and they tend to serve really good food that is typical of this Caribbean island: empanadas, beans, rice, plantains, and roasted chicken are some of the specialties typical of these small restaurants. I don't go out too much in the evening for financial reasons, but I'm told that the Latino dance clubs are lively, though sometimes a little dangerous. I wish there were some good locally sourced/organic restaurants in my neighborhood, but there are none. There are plenty of fast food restaurants, and the food is okay if your budget is slim, but I don't think it's good to make a habit out of eating there, and I try to discourage my kids out of going to these places. My neighborhood also has a large Southeast Asian population, and so the Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurants are excellent as well.
In my low-income neighborhood many people do not have easy access to quality medical care, unfortunately. A lot of these people are immigrants and refugees from agrarian societies and they tend to resort to home remedies for aches and pains. I have noticed that a lot of my neighbors - particularly young Latin-American women - are really overweight, literally obese. I think that it's due to a starch-filled diet, and this is probably linked to the fact that they consume what they can most easily afford. There are no gyms in my neighborhood, and if there were, I don't know that people would join, since it would be considered a luxury. There are some parks where you see kids and young people playing ball and running around, however exercise seems to be mostly a pastime associated with childhood and not adulthood.