This is an older article, but reinforces the fact that Fresno ranks high on poverty compared to other places in the US. When I read articles like this I am forced to question myself: Sometimes it doesn’t seem that bad to me, is it because I am hiding away from it? What am I doing, as a resident of one of the poorest cities in America to help the poor? What are my feelings toward the poor? Do I see myself in them, or simply look down on them as suffering for their own bad decisions?
Fresno has been said to the be “the first of the worst” in many things. I don’t believe all of the claims, but the bad press seems to come in droves for us. Lots of health problems, and this is probably one of the reasons why healthcare is so expensive here too.