Milwaukee’s North Side is the predominantly-black part of the city. Milwaukee is an extremely segregated city, and the North Side thus suffers from the problems associated with racial segregation: poorer facilities and resources, a high concentration of crime, high eviction rates, and so on. Most tenants profiled in Evicted, regardless of their race, consider the North Side an undesirable place to live, and so it acts as a symbol for the worst part of the city, where victims of eviction often end up. The white tenants who live in the trailer park have a particularly intense aversion to the area, and this emerges not only from their wariness of the North Side’s problems but from their own severe and irrational racism. Residents of Tobin’s trailer park fight with all their power for Tobin’s license to be renewed because they fear that if the trailer park passes into new hands, they could be forced to move to the North Side. Black tenants, meanwhile, are less irrationally afraid of the North Side. Many grew up there and/or have spent most of their life there—yet this makes them aware that the North Side is a drastically deprived and dangerous area. They do not share the trailer park residents’ racist views, but still want to live in an area with better safety and resources.
The North Side Quotes in Evicted
Sherrena saw all this, but she saw something else too. Like other seasoned landlords, she knew who owned which multifamily, which church, which bar, which street; knew its different vicissitudes of life, its shades and moods; knew which blocks were hot and drug-soaked and which were stable and quiet. She knew the ghetto's value and how money could be made from a property that looked worthless to people who didn't know any better.
It took a certain skill to make a living off the city's poorest trailer park, a certain kind of initiative. Tobin’s strategy was simple. He would walk right up to a drug addict or a metal scrapper or a disabled grandmother and say, "I want my money." He would pound on the door until a tenant answered. It was almost impossible to hide the fact that you were home. It was hard to hide much of anything. Office Susie knew when your check arrived; she put it in your mailbox. And Lenny could plainly see if you had enough money to buy cigarettes or beer or a new bike for your kid but not enough to pay the rent.