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Renters vs The World – The Ongoing Tug-of-War that has no Real Winners

Renting is a part of modern society that nobody truly enjoys, outside of those who profit immensely from it. From the applications, to touring, and trying to find something within your budget, the process is truly nauseating for those involved. My process took months of daily researching, emailing, and touring all while trying to maintain my allotted budget, location to work, and appease to my roommates. Thankfully for me, I managed to beat the system and get an offer within 20 hours after initially visiting a place. I was one of the lucky ones, but others in this country aren’t nearly as fortunate.

Across the United States, rent is a constant fear factor for many people and a topic that is rarely discussed by couples. A majority of people, especially married couples and those in relationship, hate talking about their current finances and how much money goes to rent, often times resulting in disputes, relationship issues, and financial ruin. More often than not, people are forced to live in a less desirable place based on what is available in the market as well as what is in their budget. This results in minorities living in areas plagued with issues that people with more money, resulting in health issues caused by pollutants, decreased quality of life, and increased crime rates.

Going into further detail, civil environmental practices encounter a dilemma when it comes to toxic pollutants and refineries in relationship to housing, where the question is asked “which came first? The homes or the refineries?” This question usually results in a stalemate between both parties, where both sides admit they came first but fail to acknowledge the other party and their needs. The people living in the houses want to avoid getting typically heavy metals, sulfur and nitrogen-based byproducts in their body, and lowered noise levels and the refineries want to maximize profits as much as possible while continuing to expand on low-cost land. The battle for those rights of people living in these areas is something that will always be an ongoing issue considering how the people versus big business approach continues. Fortunately, with government agencies like the EPA, restrictions are continually being placed on refineries, ports, and other big pollutants that continue to impact the livelihoods of neighboring communities. The problem will remain until the main pollutants dissolve entirely, allowing the people impacted directly by them to thrive within their communities and continue to expand upon progression to a better society.

Man’s desire for shelter has created an opportunity for those fortunate enough to thrive while those who aren’t accomplishing their financial needs are suffering the consequences of other parties. In the end, the issue will always persist as the dynamics behind home owning continue to extend further and further away as many millennials face the reality that they might be stuck in a constant cycle of renting rather than owning.


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