Suburban Poverty in the News

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  • December 11, 2013

The Advocate, Changing demographics bring challenge, opportunity

The geography of poverty in metro New Orleans has shifted dramatically in recent years. In 1999, the region was home to almost a quarter of a million people in poverty, and most of those residents (54 percent) lived in the city of New Orleans. By 2012, the region’s poor population had changed little — 230,000 residents lived below the federal poverty line (e.g., $23,492 for a family of four) — but now more poor residents live outside of Orleans Parish (55 percent) than in it.

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The Advocate, A Region Redefined Part III: Poverty shifts to suburbs

In Part III of a six-part series on the changing dynamics of the New Orleans region, The Advocate’s Katy Reckdahl examines the shifting geography of the poor.

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Politico, Welcome to Blueburbia

The old dichotomies—red state/blue state, city/suburb—are just too simplistic to capture today’s much more complex picture, which often as not is painted in shades of pink, purple and mauve. Welcome to America’s new map.

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Newburyport Daily News, Our view: Poverty must be addressed as a regional problem

The number of people in poverty on Boston’s North Shore has increased by 20 percent over the last 10 years, according to Margo Casey of the North Shore United Way. Turning the tide will require a regional effort.

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The Seattle Times, South King County’s Road Map Project is a national anti-poverty model

Berube was in Seattle early Monday to talk about the poverty’s shift beyond urban centers. There are now four times as many people living in poverty in the suburbs compared to a decade ago.

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The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County’s poor need housing, too

Providing housing for low-income families in Baltimore County has less to do these days with making room for “outsiders” than it does with serving those who are already there and looking for a decent place to live.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh suburbs suffering poverty at high rate

Poverty is growing at a faster rate in the suburbs than in the cities, and the Pittsburgh area is ahead of the curve — but not in a good way.

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Related Articles

A sampling of recent publications we have been reading

The Washington Post, Push for minimum wage hike led by localities, Democrats

States and municipalities across the country are leading a localized push to raise the minimum wage, driven largely by Democrats, who see an opening to appeal to working-class Americans at a time of growing inequity.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts Economic Mobility Project, Mobility and the Metropolis

This report shows that neighborhoods play an important role in determining a family’s prospects of moving up the economic ladder. Metropolitan areas where the wealthy and poor live apart have lower mobility than areas where residents are more economically integrated.

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Star Tribune, Twin Cities suburbs are working on their curb appeal

Today, a new generation is less sold on the suburbs, development experts say. Many young Americans put more value in walkability, easy access to stores, restaurants, mass transit and other urban amenities. That changing marketplace is forcing Coon Rapids, a city with 341 cul-de-sacs and an aging housing stock heavy on split-levels and ramblers, to reinvent itself.

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Tampa Bay Times, Florida says it wants ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ but it really needs ‘opportunity, opportunity, opportunity’

A huge gulf exists between creating jobs and creating opportunity. And while Florida currently excels at one, it badly trails at the other.

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