Sometimes, we secretly wish we were accountants, high end ones that could work the big numbers, unpack money like it was no more than a cheap suitcase in a Vegas motel room. Then we could come up with magic articles like this one from Medium:
Breaking down without a spare: America’s lopsided welfare system of counterproductive public assistance
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A new report looks at where three emerging classes stand in twelve city regions half a decade after the big crash. A much reduced number of blue collar workers, the so-called creative class and service sector employees all need to get along and get around. When they step out their doors in the morning they are finding different things. Inequality dictates much of what they will encounter. This divide is seen in place of residence and mode of transportation and will have a determining effect on economics and politics and the manner of living of tens of millions. The report comes from Richard Florida and the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute. It’s focus is American but the trends identified are applicable in the Greater Toronto Area. It will be an amazing and powerful story to see which places get this right and a horror to see the ones that do not. The author asks us to take a more complex view of cities and suburbs and their needs going forward.
The Divided City. Just as they’ve started to revitalize—attracting industry, investment and people—our cities are threatened by new and more vexing divides
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is today.
Chew on this! We need a plan to end poverty in Canada
There’s more to recovery than numbers, apparently.
Why can’t people feel the economic recovery? Unemployment may be down, but getting ahead remains out of reach theatlantic.com
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So, what’s the best way for a federal neoconservative government to eliminate poverty in Canada? Stop counting it. The disrespect…
Here’s ready-to-use ammunition for your next firefight with a neoconservative. So much for recovery: incomes in Canada and the United States are not going anywhere.
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Scarlett at bestmswprograms.com got in touch today with a link to a comprehensive infographic about US suburban poverty. For an understanding of the general concept it is hard to think of a better one-page resource. A social work approach to suburban poverty is valuable for its high level view. Thanks, Scarlett.
The rise of suburban poverty
A report released this week had us cringing. Why? Because across Toronto about thirty to forty percent of children live in poverty.
Ten Lego people and maybe two dozen blocks make for a simple and powerful portrayal of inequality in the United States.
Is America Dreaming? Brookings Institution