Mapping 40 years of concentrated poverty
A new series of maps looks at how poverty has increased or declined in census tracts within 10 miles of several major U.S. cities between 1970 and 2010. Many of the maps show the stronghold poverty has had on already poor neighborhoods over the last 40 years. (City Lab, 8/13)
Despite efforts to turn neighborhoods around in cities like Washington, D.C., the authors argue that any good effects of gentrification are actually quite limited when compared to the overall increase in the number of neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. In 1970, there were 5 million people living in more than 1,100 extremely poor neighborhoods across the country. Today, there are 3,100 of these neighborhoods, housing more than 10 million people combined.
– A new report by the Century Foundation examines the ways in which poverty can differ among poor African Americans and poor whites. The stark difference, the study found, is the way poverty is often much more highly concentrated and isolated in poor, majority African American neighborhoods. (WaPo, 8/12)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Affordable housing can sometimes be a controversial and divisive topic – particularly when it comes to semantics. Greater Greater Washington recently asked their contributors to sound off on some of the issues surrounding terminology. (GGW, 8/13)
HOMELESSNESS | A number of cities have enacted ordinances that prohibit the homeless from sleeping outdoors. The Department of Justice, however, recently filed a statement arguing that such laws are unconstitutional and only criminalize homelessness. (WaPo, 8/13)
ARTS/GENDER EQUALITY | Washington Stages More Plays by Women Than New York And Los Angeles (Washingtonian, 8/14)
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