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# Saunders: Everyone at last week s neighborhood association

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21 Jul 2010, 04:57
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Saunders: Everyone at last week’s neighborhood association meeting agreed that the row of abandoned and vandalized houses on Carlton Street posed a threat to the safety of our neighborhood. Moreover, no one now disputes that getting the houses torn down eliminated that threat. Some people tried to argue that it was unnecessary to demolish what they claimed were basically sound buildings, since the city had established a fund to help people in need of housing buy and rehabilitate such buildings. The overwhelming success of the demolition strategy, however, proves that the majority, who favored demolition, were right and that those who claimed that the problem could and should be solved by rehabilitating the houses were wrong.
20. Which one of the following principles, if established, would determine that demolishing the houses was the right decision or instead would determine that the proposal advocated by the opponents of demolition should have been adopted?
(A) When what to do about an abandoned neighborhood building is in dispute, the course of action that would result in the most housing for people who need it should be the one adopted unless the building is believed to pose a threat to neighborhood safety.
(B) When there are two proposals for solving a neighborhood problem, and only one of them would preclude the possibility of trying the other approach if the first proves unsatisfactory, then the approach that does not foreclose the other possibility should be the one adopted.
(C) If one of two proposals for renovating vacant neighborhood buildings requires government funding whereas the second does not, the second proposal should be the one adopted unless the necessary government funds have already been secured.
(D) No plan for eliminating a neighborhood problem that requires demolishing basically sound houses should be carried out until all other possible alternatives have been thoroughly investigated.
(E) No proposal for dealing with a threat to a neighborhood’s safety should be adopted merely because a majority of the residents of that neighborhood prefer that proposal to a particular counterproposal.
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21 Jul 2010, 06:06
oops donno
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21 Jul 2010, 18:47
well well I will go with A
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21 Jul 2010, 20:07
I still think answer should be (A). cab someone explain why the OA is (B)
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21 Jul 2010, 20:19
Well, it's down to A or B.

I chose A.
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22 Jul 2010, 02:07
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Puh,

I correctly chose B, but maybe that was because I read from E-->A ^^

I can see why many people chose A, to me it also seems close, but just not as strong as B is.

We are presented with two options/plans:
A) Demolish
B) Try an alternative approach

We are asked to pick a principle, if established, would help us with the decision.

(B) When there are two proposals for solving a neighborhood problem (check), and only one of them would preclude the possibility of trying the other approach if the first proves unsatisfactory, then the approach that does not foreclose the other possibility should be the one adopted.

These are key! Since demolishing will preclude trying the other approach, but trying to revive the buildings with government sponsored aid does not preclude to demolish the building in the end, if Plan B does not work, B is the perfect fit to our example!

(A) When what to do about an abandoned neighborhood building is in dispute, the course of action that would result in the most housing for people who need it should be the one adopted unless the building is believed to pose a threat to neighborhood safety.

I guess the tricky part here is, that this answer seems to say:
Choose most housing --> Plan B
BUT, if threat --> Do NOT choose Plan B

There are two ways to maybe interpret this:
1) It basically tells you NOT to choose B, but that doees not automatically lead to plan A
2) Even if the building poses a threat to the neighbourhood, could option B not solve the "threat problem" as well? (we don't know...)

IMO A is close but B is simply more to the point of the example! As it is often the case in CR, stick AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to the given text/example!

Hope it helps - cheers,
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AndreG wrote:

We are presented with two options/plans:
A) Demolish
B) Try an alternative approach

We are asked to pick a principle, if established, would help us with the decision.

(B) When there are two proposals for solving a neighborhood problem (check), and only one of them would preclude the possibility of trying the other approach if the first proves unsatisfactory, then the approach that does not foreclose the other possibility should be the one adopted.

These are key! Since demolishing will preclude trying the other approach, but trying to revive the buildings with government sponsored aid does not preclude to demolish the building in the end, if Plan B does not work, B is the perfect fit to our example!

(A) When what to do about an abandoned neighborhood building is in dispute, the course of action that would result in the most housing for people who need it should be the one adopted unless the building is believed to pose a threat to neighborhood safety.

I guess the tricky part here is, that this answer seems to say:
Choose most housing --> Plan B
BUT, if threat --> Do NOT choose Plan B

André

Thanks Andre, that's pretty good explanation from you, I think I understand now why A is not correct, just like you said, it provide us with option to choose B or not B but not to choose A.

However am I right in saying that (B) only suggest us to choose plan B?
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22 Jul 2010, 07:19
gautrang wrote:
However am I right in saying that (B) only suggest us to choose plan B?

Correct!
Because plan A precludes plan B, while plan B does not preclude plan A
(If B does not work, you can still tear down the building)
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22 Jul 2010, 08:48
gautrang wrote:
Thanks Andre, that's pretty good explanation from you, I think I understand now why A is not correct, just like you said, it provide us with option to choose B or not B but not to choose A.

However am I right in saying that (B) only suggest us to choose plan B?

I think that in A, the options are quite open: more housing is better unless there is a danger. A or B. Doesn't determine which one to choose. Because there is the government fund to help people in need, and the neighborhood feels that the empty houses are a danger to the community, so it doesn't determine the option that should have been followed.
But in B, as you said, it suggests us to choose only B.
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31 Jul 2010, 14:02
none for me too........
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15 Aug 2010, 09:57
aah went for A!!!....Toughie!
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16 Aug 2010, 09:38
B for me. The argument is asking the possibility to work with both the proposals....rather than sticking to only 1 proposal and neglecting the other.

Try one of the two plans and if that does not work than try the other plan.....B says that exactly.
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18 Aug 2010, 00:21
B FOR ME TOO
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07 Sep 2010, 03:39
Pretty tough but got the right answer...PHEW!! IMO B
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08 Sep 2010, 05:13
Piecing this together is tough because of the wordiness, but it's actually not too difficult once you do. The answer is (B), because they're asking you which solution would determine, in the future, whether tearing down the houses was the best course of action. Right now, the demolition supporters are claiming it was the best course of action because it was so successful, but the people who opposed it never got to try out their solution of renovating the houses (because they were demolished). By instituting (B), the next time this situation comes up, the community will first try to renovate and see if that works. If it does work, than it supports their opinion from the original vote; if it doesn't, then the community will demolish, and the opinion of the demolition supporters will be backed.

(A) doesn't really fit because nowhere in the original passage is it ever mentioned that the people who opposed the original demolition wanted the houses renovated because more housing was needed.
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08 Sep 2010, 10:08
TOUGH TOUGH very tough....
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16 Oct 2016, 06:27
21. Saunders’ reasoning is flawed because it
(A) relies on fear rather than on argument to persuade the neighborhood association to reject the policy advocated by Saunders’ opponents
(B) fails to establish that there is anyone who could qualify for city funds who would be interested in buying and rehabilitating the houses
(C) mistakenly equates an absence of vocal public dissent with the presence of universal public support
(D) offers no evidence that the policy advocated by Saunders’ opponents would not have succeeded if it had been given the chance
(E) does not specify the precise nature of the threat to neighborhood safety supposedly posed by the vandalized houses
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