Dear Youth Voices Community,

 

My name is Tomas Beltran I like to play soccer and play some basketball.

 

The social inequity problem I am looking into is the bullet train construction in California. The demographic group I am most focused on for this inequity is the farmers because they produce most of the food for California, This would affect everyone in the U.S because the prices of the food and other products. The reason I feel this is an inequity is because it is not fair for people´s prices to go up because of the bullet train construction.

 

Right now, I do not have a solution yet but I am looking for one.

 

Some might argue that the bullet train should not be built in California because many farms will have to be removed and placed somewhere else, some might also say that building the bullet train will just be another reason to raise prices and raise taxes, making my research focus debatable.

 

Fremont High School seniors are now curating sources to explain our inequity and its impact on society and to develop arguments for why and how this inequity needs to be addressed. If you have ideas for sources I should explore, please send me those ideas or links in the comment section. I would greatly appreciate your feedback and help.

 

Sincerely,

 

CC BY-SA 4.0 Requesting help for my research. by Tomas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

6 Comments
  1. Anthony 3 months ago

    Thomas, your post I like but someone who is looking at this for the first time I myself am sort of confused do you mean that, because of the construction of the bullet train it will either raise or lower the prices on food to other people. If you are making this claim I would suggest this article
    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-train-cost-overrun-20170928-story.html

    This article talks about how the economy in California will be a very expensive cost / toll on the people because it’s costing so much money to build and fund. You could maybe talk about where the railway is being build especially is having an impact geographically, like are they destroying houses and making people leave (is the city paying proper price on their homes), are framer having this railway cut in their property where they make their business off of, is it running through natural resources like parks, and the environment. Maybe also talk about how in the future will this new railway in turn lower the price for foods to the consumer and will be a well built purchase and will help California’s economy. Very good topic.

  2. Sam 3 months ago

    Thomas,
    I was unaware of this problem, and I am glad your brought it to my attention. This is indeed a very interesting problem that has valid arguments on each side. According to this article (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-bullet-train-20170727-story.html) the issue of the bullet train seems to be causing a lot of problems and tension. I am interested in further research about this subject–what the arguments are, the justice of it, etc. Good luck…I am looking forward to the final essay!

  3. Christopher 3 months ago

    I found this comment important Tomas. Food is essential for living and by raising the price of food it will make it difficult for one to receive food. One thing I particularly like is when you stated that by constructing the bullet train in California everyone would be affected. I found a fascinating article about the bullet train and how much it could cost. (http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-train-cost-final-20151025-story.html) Anyways, thanks for the informative information on bullet train and how it could affect society. I look forward to see what you write next because this topic is significant and I believe everyone should know about it. I also like how you presented a problem and followed it up with somewhat of a solution.

  4. Keaton 3 months ago

    Hey Tomas,
    My name is Keaton, and I am from Utah so I had never heard of this issue before. I would suggest to maybe find the pros of the bullet trains in other countries like Japan and India. Here are some sites that I found:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435703/high-speed-rail-california-boondoggle

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/03/opinions/smart-high-speed-trains-america/index.html

    http://www.museumofthecity.org/project/how-the-shinkansen-changed-japanese-cities/

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35099426

  5. Alex 3 months ago

    Tomas I thought this was a very interesting problem that doesn’t seem to be brought up very often. Not only is this construction a problem to farmers, its also a huge expense to the government, costing roughly $1.7 billion dollars. Here is an article that goes a little more in depth on the issue. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-train-cost-overrun-20170928-story.html

  6. Charlie 3 months ago

    Tomas this is a great social inequality problem that I had not heard about until I saw this post. You could look at the pros along with the cons of the building of this bullet train to help build your argument. As you have said, the bullet train would very detrimental to the farmers but there could be other issues that you haven’t yet seen and I would suggest more research to make your argument stronger. This a link I found on the subject that gets more into the lawsuits and politics of the bullet train. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-high-speed-rail-court-20170728-story.html

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