(173) Tampa, FL

Just around the corner from the site of Mitt Romney’s recent public suicide we find Tampa, Florida.  Like many a town in that  flat and sunny state, the one so beloved by Canadians, Tampa bought into the sprawl-based economy and now finds itself paying a price.  Reports of enormous struggle for working people and the poor made it into the Huffington Post recently.  As we’ve discovered elsewhere, the lack of public transit in the suburbs makes things tough.  Thonotosassa, just northeast of Tampa near I-75 could almost be the sunbelt poster child of America’s new suburban poverty.  A link within this piece to a Tampa Bay Times article from last year tells us of an increase in those in poverty from fifteen percent of the community to forty percent!  It doesn’t sound like the sunny weather makes up for it.

In Tampa Suburb, Extreme Poverty Arrives While Jobs Remain Distant

photo: Tampa CIty Hall: TampAGS via Wikimedia Commons