25 May 2013

Visualizing Suburban Poverty in the US


This is an illegible version of this data graphic from the distinctly middle of the road Brookings Institution depicting the explosive growth of poverty in American suburbs. It reflects research done by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube, also published by Brookings (here). If you go to the first link above you can find a eyesight ready version of the graphic.

Politically, this is the sort of political economic shift that might sustain metropolitan reform in places like Monroe County where I live and where until pretty recently the city was disproportionately poor and minority and the suburbs likewise relatively well off and white. Hope springs eternal?

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