A series in Slate does the job working over the downward tilt in fortune for American suburban living. Worth a visit. I suppose we Ontarians are looking to protect ourselves from this kind of socioeconomic illness how?
By electing Doug Ford premier?
More families feel insecure. That’s because they are.
In the suburbs, income is more volatile, and you’re more vulnerable
slate.com Suburban Slide
image: Tomovox via Flickr/CC
Good times, prosperity, greenery-in-the-desert. Phoenix, Arizona is a dream for many. Factor in one element, water, and the prospect begins to change.
image: NASA via Flickr/CC
If one thing could be said to symbolize the transition from the twentieth century to the present one it might be the tragic death of glamour in air travel. Added now to the boring sorrows of security screening, economy seating, airline performance and global carbon footprints must surely be this phenomenon: homeless people living in airports.
image: Mark Goebel via Flickr/CC
The general look and feel of Los Angeles, California is readily understood by anyone who has spent any time near North America’s sprawl lands. The sheer size of Los Angeles, and the inequality and environmental racism it contains — however familiar it’s basic form — is enough to give pause to anyone, though.
Certainly there’s visual evidence nearly everywhere of what is said to be a homeless population now numbering fifty thousand. Beat up recreational vehicles are homes to many Angelenos. You come across them constantly. People camp everywhere from the lawns at city hall to highway medians.
By the late 1970s it seems that a sense of dread had become so attached to this brutally car-dependent collection of over eighty municipal entities that a truly massive investment in rail-based public transit was kicked off. While plagued with construction challenges, including major cost overruns, this program has been bearing fruit for a while now. There are also voices fighting for cycling and walking and the bus network. The latter is especially important to the working people of Los Angeles.
Please take a look at this Los Angelist video about the Metro Red Line. Much of the rationale found in it is applicable to Canadian cities, to sprawl lands found anywhere. The sheer enormity of Los Angeles helps bring these issues into focus perhaps in a way much more raw than they might be encountered where you live but there is much to be learned.
To keep you out of harm’s way should recent weather warnings turn out not to be exaggerations – some features about having the kinds of communities we’d like to have.
Media get it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study
The places that may never recover from the recession.
The Rust Belt isn’t the only region left behind by the economic recovery. The suburbs of the American west are struggling, too
In defence of degrowth
Poor neighbourhoods make the best investments
image: via Flickr/CC
Alabama’s worst has been on display all month. First up, a member of the elites with no shame running for election to help bolster a benefit plan for wealthy donors to the Republican party. The second was a more low-key story in terms of media coverage but one of no small interest at suburban-poverty.com.
Oh Alabama. A United Nations ‘deprivation expert’ has recorded his impressions of open human sewage next to the homes of your poor.
A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America
The recovery still hasn’t made most Americans whole again
Minnesota remains a fortunate state in many respects. Does it have suburban poverty? Yes, and here is the final installment in a three-part series on that topic from Lakeshore News.
Communities are working toward solutions to suburban poverty