Ghetto

A run-down urban area primarily inhabited by a single minority group. Ghettos are often characterized by high unemployment, high crime, gang activity, inadequate municipal services, widespread drug use, high rates of dropout from school, broken families and an absence of businesses. As a result, real estate value in ghetto communities are generally much cheaper than in other communities.

Ghettos may be identifiable by physical characteristics such as large numbers of poorly maintained buildings, large amounts of graffiti, trash or debris accumulated in the street or on properties, and weedy vacant lots. Racial zoning laws, mortgage lending discrimination and income disparity contributed to the creation of many ghettos in the United States in the mid-20th that still persist to this day.


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  • GHETTO — D’origine italienne incertaine – l’on peut y voir une corruption de giudeica (latin: judaicam ) ou de gietto (fonderie de canons de Venise, site du quartier juif) –, le terme «ghetto» désigne un groupement topographique, ethnique, économique,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • GHETTO — GHETTO, urban section serving as compulsory residential quarter for Jews. Generally surrounded by a wall shutting it off from the rest of the city, except for one or more gates, the ghetto remained bolted at night. The origin of this term has… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ghetto — (n.) 1610s, part of a city to which Jews were restricted, especially in Italy, from It. ghetto part of a city to which Jews are restricted, various theories of its origin include: Yiddish get deed of separation; special use of Venetian getto… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ghetto — Ghet to, n. [It.] A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell. Evelyn. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. By extension: Any section of a town inhabited predominantly by members… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ghetto — (del italiano; pronunciamos gueto ) sustantivo masculino 1. Gueto. gueto o ghetto sustantivo masculino 1. Barrio de una ciudad donde vivían o eran obligados a vivir los judíos: el gueto de Varsovia …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • ghetto — ► NOUN (pl. ghettos or ghettoes) 1) a part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group. 2) historical the Jewish quarter in a city. DERIVATIVES ghettoize (also ghettoise) verb. ORIGIN perhaps from Italia …   English terms dictionary

  • Ghetto — (ital), in den großen italienischen u. orientalischen Städten das Gassenquartier, worin früher die Juden Abends eingeschlossen wurden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ghetto — Ghetto, s. Getto …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ghetto — (ital.), s. Judenviertel …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ghetto — Ghetto, ital., das ehemals Nachts geschlossene Judenquartier in den ital. Städten …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • ghetto — / get:o/ s.m. [dal venez. ghèto, indicante dapprima un getto , cioè una fonderia, divenuto in seguito il nome del quartiere assegnato (nel 1516) agli Ebrei come dimora coatta]. 1. [quartiere abitato in maggioranza da Ebrei] ▶◀ (ant.) giudecca. 2 …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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