I would laugh because the Phoenix pawn shop mentioned in the article is just a block away from where I live except I take exception at the description of my neighborhood and the pawn shop. The “place” is hardly grimy, neither is the neighborhood as these idiot authors note. If anything, the pawn shop in particular has worked hard to keep their area clean and well maintained given the seediness of the place prior to their taking over the building in the 90s. My guess is the authors are racist pieces of crap and assume that because there is a sizable Hispanic population in the area and Longview Elementary School across the street that the area is automatically “grimy”. That or they are snobby elitists who think if your house was purchased for less than half a million, you’re poor. Douche bags.
So, according to these snobbish bigots the elementary school, the baptist church and rectory, the community center, the gay bar, Anthem College (formerly Hi-Tech Institute), the small businesses, the houses and apartments reclaimed from the drug dealers, crack whores, and meth labs, and the historical preservation area are all “grimy”. Are there areas that needs some work? Certainly. But anyone in Phoenix will tell you that every neighborhood, even amongst the rich, has homes in need of proper maintenance. Anyone who says otherwise is deluding themselves. Does that make those areas “grimy” too? No. It’s just more lazy ass reporters applying their biases because the story is about pawn shops and the poor economy. In their little world, all pawnshops are automatically located in slums, except those in Beverly Hills (of course) because the supposed rich are “special”.
I’ll avoid ranting over the obvious bias in favor of California over Arizona in the writing of this alleged news article.
If they want grimy, the should have seen this neighborhood in the 90s when old timers like myself were dealing with rampant gangs, drug use, and high crime that the city wanted nothing to do with. The only time anything got done was when locals called the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was the local watches and the stubbornness of the long term locals and their families, like my own, that eventually won the fight and got the area returned to its middle class roots. You want hard core “grimy” head to the slums of South Phoenix and the barrios interspersed throughout the city and valley.
Just more proof of the laziness and bias in the media to reinforce stereotypes, biases, and artificial class barriers.