News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a town there is long in need of greatness. Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America. Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted. To wit, a couple of recent features:
Maybe the economy isn’t the reason why so many American men aren’t working. Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health
An intractable problem. For the last half-century, Milwaukee has been caught in a relentless social and economic spiral
You really gotta sometimes wonder about this whole Internet thing. Shades of redlining on the webs.
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Backlash. We think that’s what you call it when an idea turns and inflicts a set of consequences. In this case, it’s the sprawl so enthusiastically embraced in so many parts of southern Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s. For lots of folks, SUVs and monster homes are still working well. For others, not so much. It seems a confluence of resources, inequality and a stunning lack of imagination are problematic indeed when it comes to community design. To wit, recent pieces at cbc.ca/news. Woods and basements, people.
So, there’s not a single independent book shop in Canada’s ninth largest municipality, Brampton? Wow.
For a balanced, critical reflection on this:
All roads lead to Brampton
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A high value stop on the interwebs for anyone looking into suburban poverty: from New York University’s Furman Center and The Stoop.
The dream revisited: suburban poverty and segregation
For even more: #dreamrevisited
We were thinking a powerful overview would be nice for suburban-poverty.com’s 1000th posting. We came across exactly that in the form of a podcast from US academic Scott Allard.
The suburbanization of U.S. poverty
(August 2016) 19:03
Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin
An interesting piece about the new, high-concentration havens for immigrants outside traditional destinations nearer the core.
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America’s two great political gatherings present a distressing mixture of aesthetics seemingly lifted from rodeo clowns and science fiction conventions layered over something slick and carefully managed. If you think that generates dissonance, join the rest of us at the bar. Suitably reinforced, we might go along, like Guardian correspondent Chris Arnade, to a pair of Ohio communities around the corner from the Democratic National Convention. Parma is a former manufacturing town and Center is defined by its housing projects.
What do Donald Trump voters really crave? Respect. They want respect because they haven’t just lost economically, but also socially. But it’s dangerous territory: anger tainted with revenge and, sometimes, racism