Corruption Within Cities

Throughout Red Harvest and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, there is a reoccurring theme of corruption. Red Harvest contains a never ending strand of deaths as characters try to keep their secrets in as small of a circle as possible. Jacobs supports the theme of corruption with her ideas of the breaking down of control of the people, meaning that if those who are building the city do not truly have the peoples' best interest at heart, the city is not likely to succeed. Red Harvest and The Death and Life of Great American Cities both resemble corruption and the damage it causes. 

This painting represents the lost hope of a city after destruction and corruption. This is similar to the theme in Red Harvest in which most people in the town have lost hope for the future.
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” (Jacobs 32). However, the system breaks down when corruption overrules.
In Red Harvest and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, although a plan may seem concrete, it doesn't guarantee the desired outcome. There are a lot more factors that come into play.
“To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted” (Hammet 78). In the novel, corruption is a main aspect in how people of power got what they wanted. Corruption is key.
“You can't rely on bringing people downtown, you have to put them there” (Jacobs 56). This shows the controlling nature that those in power tend to have, they are always watching.
Violence is a key theme that goes hand in hand with corruption. Countless deaths occurred throughout Red Harvest on different character's struggle for power.
This design resembles the perfect picture that those who build cities envision. This perfect vision is impossible to achieve with the amount of corruption within these imperfect cities.
This picture embodies the future of cities. Our future generations are responsible for changing the corruption in our society. Nothing will change until we strive to change it.
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