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Source: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America


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.

Rent-to-own tire shops are springing up, preying on the poor.

– 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.

4 Responses to Suburban Poor Outnumber City Poor

  1. June 13, 2013 at 11:01 am lynn e responds:

    I have to say that after my ticket experience yesterday, I spoke to several people and discovered how endemic this ticket giving mania is in Rochester. The poor are suffering horribly under the red light camera, parking violations. They can’t pay the fines, they fear authority and few can successfully navigate the hearing process and those who tried who try don’t get much success. The city doesn’t count. l payment but will take money and jack up the fine anyway making it impossible to pay. People have their cars taken away from them. Thus their livelihood is in even greater jeopardy. I think even more than before it is important for people to get out of the city and that it is praying on its own citizens and those who happen to enter it. A major problem for poor in the suburbs is that they still have roots and friends in the city and have to go there which unfortunately invites more likelihood of running into trouble. I was shocked at my experience and the many people who have had it. I think it is embarrassing so people don’t share it.

  2. It’s real easy don’t run red lights and park where the signs say you can. A lot of people just think they can park wherever they want and that’s why they get tickets.

    • June 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm Booored...man...street responds:

      Amen! Slow down at yellow lights instead of speeding up, and READ the parking signs, and you too can avoid tickets. Or ride your bike, and avoid any tickets all together.

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