Though the reasons for the suburban crisis aren’t necessarily different from the problems facing cities—a lack of good jobs and weakening social programs—an historical cultural and political neglect of the suburban poor means that new frontiers of inequality are exploding invisibly where we least expect them. Urban poverty, measured by Census tract, has grown from about 18 to 20 percent between 1990 and 2014, but risen more drastically in the suburbs, from about 8 percent to over 12 percent of tracts. And in the last decade, a “tipping point” has been reached in which “the number of poor people living in suburban areas has increased more quickly.”
The Nation asks…
Why are America’s suburbs becoming poorer? Contrary to popular perception, it’s not just because the poor are moving out of the cities
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At the same time: reports on death at the hands of your income and the positive effects of a basic income guarantee.
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
thestar.com (Statistics Canada report)
Basic impact. Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs
mowatcentre.ca (links to 69-page .pdf file)
Financial challenges mount for millions of Canadians because of income volatility, study finds
CBC Investigates: number of highest-earning Canadians paying no income tax is growing. CBC analysis reveals about 6,000 earning more than $100,000 got legal break in 2014
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Urban studies theorist Richard Florida turns his attention in this item to the divergent prospects of inner suburbs and the sprawl beyond them. Yikes!
Inside the new suburban crisis. Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared
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Here is a link to an impressive online application that maps Canadian data about rental accommodation. Yes, things can get dire pretty when you include cost and quality parameters in searches. Tons of data.
Better wages for service industry employment in Arizona didn’t lead to economic disaster. Quite the opposite. Hiring for that sector has moved ahead of every other.
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A look at the weakened employment picture for Canadians, especially younger ones, and what it means.
Un- and under-employed: the new ‘normal’ of precarious work
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