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The City Of Laurel Essay

816 words - 4 pages

Laurel is a unique city located in the northern region of Maryland. While it is comprised of three counties, Prince George’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, its residents consist of a vast diversity in race, socioeconomic status, educational backgrounds and many other determining factors. The region of Laurel analyzed was South Laurel, particularly the Montpelier community located along Laurel-Bowie Road, Route 197.
The Laurel community that lives along Laurel-Bowie Road is significantly comprised of middle class African Americans. Far from the poverty line, these residents do not experience food insecurities or a diminishing of resources. They are surrounded by grocery stores, ...view middle of the document...

They have physical fitness resources such as work out areas in the community centers, swimming pools which promote social community and parks for young families. They have access to nutritious foods from the local grocery stores and fairly dispersed farmer’s markets. The most prominent grocery store in proximity to the Montpelier community includes Giant, Food Lion and Family Dollar. Despite its relatively close distance, these locations are inaccessible to pedestrians. The wide high traffic roads and lack of street connectivity and sidewalks, significantly hinders the walkability of community residents. Going grocery shopping is a task often performed by women/mothers who most often assign to their children. They issue their children the task of making the trip across 197 to Food Lion in order to buy groceries. Reasoning for this is because many of these women are intimidated by this wide road. Driving around this area, I noticed the additional stores located a few feet beyond Montpelier Crossing in both direction of 197. I believe if longer sidewalks were added, it would lead towards a ‘traditional urban neighborhood’ which would incline these women and other residents to extend walks further down Laurel-Bowie Road, even utilizing the vast space of the Patuxent River Park. This park is utilized as a location for baseball games, cookouts and other community activities.
Although this area has gym facilities, and community centers, it is reasonable to assume that these residents do not utilize the gym and its equipment. This assumption can be made because seeing the facility and...

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