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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
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Re: Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2012, 03:59
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Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
OA
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I chose B...

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Re: Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2012, 06:23
+ 1 B

But still confuse with argument construction.
Got answer by elimination
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Re: Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2012, 21:39
gmatbull wrote:
Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber is most famous for his suggestion that any public expression of improvement
is suspect on the grounds that improvement is only touted when it can serve to conceal some form of deterioration.
Hutber would’ve been grimly satisfied by the recent performance of our neighborhood representative, who responded
to the news that our neighborhood was subject to more vigorous ticketing than any other neighborhood in the county
by celebrating the “improvements” two new bike lanes had contributed to our quality of life.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the tenant’s argument?

A: The ticketing to which the neighborhood was subject over the past twelve months is unprecedented in the
neighborhood’s history.
B: The neighborhood representative has privately remarked that the bike lanes are unimpressive and unlikely to be
frequented by the neighborhood’s residents.
C: Despite the unconscionable and widespread ticketing to which it is subject, the neighborhood is currently one of the
most desirable in the city.
D: The neighborhood’s quality of life, as measured by accurate and respected surveys of local residents, has been
stagnant for well over a decade.
E: The tenant is the most politically informed of the neighborhood’s residents.

Pls explain the logical structure of the argument in arriving at the answer..
OA
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Conclusion: Public exp. of improvement is done to conceal some form of deterioration. (Per Hutber)
Premise: One of neighborhood has improved its bike lanes, and states that 'celebrations' of the improvements has lead to more ticketing.

Task: Need additional evidence that states what the deterioration is, and that rep. is trying to coceal.

[A]: Provides evidence that 'ticketing' has been rampant over last 12 months. Looks good, this might as well be what the rep. is trying to conceal.
[B]: No bearing on the conclusion.
[C]: Whether or not the neighborhood is desirable is out of scope of the argument.
[D]: The QoLife has always been the same for over a decade -> No improvement / decline. Had QoL declined this option would have been a contender.
[E]: No bearing on coclusion

IMO, A wins.
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Re: Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2012, 06:47
P1- PH suggests that any public expression of improvement implies that it is done to hide a deterioration.

P2- NR responded to news (news stating that the neighborhood received vigorous ticketing) by saying: 2 new bike lanes added quality of life.

So, to strengthen, we need to show that there is some form of deterioration involved with new bike lanes behind this public expression of improvement provided by NR. Among the choices B does this job.
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Re: Area Tenant: Economist Patrick Hutber [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2012, 13:52
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Begin this difficult Strengthen question by identifying the conclusion: in this case, that Hutber would’ve considered
the neighborhood rep’s behavior an example of someone touting ‘improvement’ in order to conceal evidence of
deterioration. The ‘improvement’ here is clearly the bike lanes, but the deterioration is less clear: the tenant is upset
about the ticketing, but we have no evidence in the original stimulus that that ticketing is a deterioration – if the
ticketing has always been this bad, then things in the neighborhood are awful, but they haven’t been deteriorating.
Since we need some premise to link the ticketing to deteriorating conditions in the neighborhood, (A) is our only choice.
Note the trap inherent in the most popular incorrect choice (D) - the fact that the quality of life is "stagnant" means
that it hasn't deteriorated as is part of the conclusion.
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