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Parramore was developed in 1880 to “house the blacks employed by the white Orlandoans”.

Parramore was developed in 1880 to “house the blacks employed by the white Orlandoans”. The street, Division, the name was chosen to denote the “divide” between the African-American community residing in Paramore and the White neighborhoods of central downtown (it blew my mind when I found this out). The community thrived and prospered. You can read the history of Parramore by clicking on this link https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2005-06-26-orflash26-story.html (Links to an external site.)

But due to institutionalized/systemic racism and neglect by government officials, the community touts (as a 2015 report announced) 23.8% unemployment rate and a median income of $15,493. Put yourself in the shoes of a kid living in poverty in this community. You may not have a meal to eat but you can look from your front porch and see the Amway Center (or any of the businesses downtown) which generates millions of dollars in revenue per year. I can only imagine how disheartening that may be.

Everyone should know about the Parramore community.How does it relate to science/biology? Well, environmentally the Parramore community is one of the worst communities in the nation as far as air quality. It has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country, which exacerbates COVID-19 infections. You can read more about this here https://www.wftv.com/news/local/new-study-linking-pollution-with-higher-covid-19-death-rates-raises-concerns-parramore/KLWD4QVTNFBFNBBN5UQU2DANYM/ (Links to an external site.)

Were you aware of the history of Parramore (and the Division street name)? 

How do you think the air quality of your community compares to Parramore? 

What do you think should be done to address these concerns; should the city of Orlando be held responsible for this?

 

Parramore was developed in 1880 to “house the blacks employed by the white Orlandoans”. 

 

 

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