The poor are poor, generally speaking, because of a history of bad decision making. In North Georgia it's not unusual to see an expensive TV Dish and trampoline in a yard with a beat up trailer for a house. The lower class has different priorities. No amount of money thrown at this class of people, black, white, whatever - is going to change their mentality, so why not spend the money on decent museums that teach us about our culture and ourselves? I have no problem with Detroit selling off the art from their museums since the 47% illiterates never step foot inside museums and they won't miss what they've never appreciated in the first place.