Concentrated Poverty in the News

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  • August 13, 2014

Here is a roundup of some of the national and regional coverage Elizabeth’s brief The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-12 has received since its release two weeks ago.

The Washington Post, Poverty consolidated and spread to the suburbs during the 2000s, report finds

GovBeat’s Niraj Chokshi discusses the growth of poor suburban neighborhoods, their shifting geography and demographics, and the growth in share of suburban poor living in very poor neighborhoods.

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Time, The Rise of Suburban Poverty in America

The overwhelming majority of metro areas in the US saw their suburban poor populations grow—and grow more concentrated—between 2000 and 2008-12. This trend predates the Great Recession, and is the result of many factors. On the ground, social service providers around the country must contend with the changing geography of concentrated disadvantage.

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CityLab, The Great Recession Cemented Suburban Poverty

Kriston Capps writes: “If the best tools geared toward alleviating poverty are designed for urban centers, then they may be rendered increasingly ineffective by the new geography—with poverty spreading to areas with lower density, less transit, and fewer services.”

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Vox, The amazingly rapid suburbanization of poverty

The 2000s saw a reversal of progress made toward reducing concentrated poverty in the late-1990s. The proliferation of poor neighborhoods, particularly in suburban communities, suggests a need for additional affordable housing in suburbs.

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Slate, The Frightening Growth of Suburban Slums

Despite the lingering perception that poverty is strictly an urban phenomenon, the growth of concentrated poverty in suburbs may represent what author Jordan Weissmann calls the “worst of all possible worlds”: the negative effects of poor neighborhoods, transported to areas that may lack safety net services and access to opportunity.

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The Dallas Observer, Recent Study Shows Poverty in DFW Suburbs Has Doubled in the Past 12 Years

Between 2000 and 2008-12, Dallas-Fort Worth’s metro area poor population grew by 65 percent, and the share of poor residents living in poor neighborhoods grew by 16 percentage points.

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Colorado Springs Independent, In the poorhouse now

Among the 100 largest metro areas in the country, Colorado Springs saw the largest increase in the share of its suburban poor living in high-poverty neighborhoods between 2000 and 2008-12. J. Adrian Stanley investigates the local causes and consequences of Colorado Springs’s shifting geography of poverty.

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