France and Spain are hosts to some fairly serious situations of suburban poverty. It is also increasingly difficult to see how they will improve upon these situations going forward. Bit of a shame when you think of the amazing cultural life, public spaces and social progress most western Europeans have been enjoying for some time now. The kind of anger and social difficulty once corralled on the urban fringes could become familiar to more and more of the populations of Spain and France if austerity is forced upon them. The links below are to articles from cafebabel.com. Hints of positive solutions coming from artists and social activists are found in both items, and that’s a good thing.