Numbers from Seattle, WA indicate city economy did not suffer a spike in unemployment because of an increase to the minimum wage there.
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The British Broadcasting Corporation has done an online feature on US suburban poverty. Here is the link:
Why are America’s suburbs getting poorer?
Toronto’s major food bank and other agencies mark the arrival of autumn with an annual report on hunger.
(link to 19-page .pdf)
Canada’s biggest city: more people edge toward hunger
Bludgeoned by the crash of 2008, Cleveland, Ohio continues to demonstrate growth in suburban poverty. This, even as statistical data indicates some decline in overall poverty (2015 census data).
Cleveland poverty numbers drop sharply
See also: (74) Ohio, too?
Accidents involving walkers and bicycle riders struck by motor vehicles are a troubling, costly aspect of sprawl. They appear to be built right into the whole matter of community life structured around automobiles and the infrastructure provided for them. This bodily damage really has to be stopped.
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”That brings us back to the election, and why it matters that this campaign season has failed to acknowledge the new geography of poverty.”
Ever the sentinel of suburban poverty in the United States, the The Brookings Institution spoke up earlier this month as a truly loony election rolls into autumn.
Suburban poverty is missing from the conversation about America’s future
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Surely few will argue that poverty comes cheap. Poverty is a master issue found to amplify nearly all other forms of social difficulty from tooth decay to car accidents and much worse things like cancer and house fires. Public sector finances are merely the first, strongest indicator of the cost of poverty. In the case of Great Britain this effect is captured only too well in the new report at the link below. Serious stuff. Seventy-eight billion pounds worth.
Counting the cost of UK poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (92-page .pdf file)
If you are looking for US data, and perhaps some insight into Canadian trends, this page from Strong Towns will help. Seriously, bookmark this site.
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