We’ve heard a lot about how poverty in the suburbs has grown over the last decade. The Brookings Institution crunched the numbers and has a startling statistic: Poverty in Rochester’s suburbs went up 73.5 percent between 2000 and 2011. There are more poor people living in the suburbs than the city.
Brookings tells the Buffalo News, “The growing number of poor in suburbs can be partly explained by a rise in low-paying retail jobs, loss of good paying manufacturing jobs and shifting availability of affordable housing…”
The shift has implications for housing, transportation and schools. Brookings urges communities to assess the way it meets the needs of the poor. You can read more about suburban poverty on a website for a book written by Brookings experts on the topic.
Have you noticed the shift in more poor residents to the suburbs?
Links of the Day:
– The statewide texting and driving conviction rate is only 44 percent! In other words, fight that ticket.
– A Democrat and Chronicle columnist predicts Bausch + Lomb is in for a rough ride. (The CEO has a $77 million parachute!)
– The power of the free market: Cabela’s moves into Erie County without tax breaks.
– The Washington Post has a raw story of grief, in a profile of parents of a boy killed at Sandy Hook. Despite so much support, they’re terribly alone.
– The Amish are getting fracked. They don’t believe in lawsuits – and the energy companies know it.
– A woman writes back to Harvard 52 years after admissions letter questioned how she’d balance school and home.