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The number of poor people has skyrocketed in the Rochester region – up 30 percent since 2000. A Brookings Institution study shows more of them are living in high-poverty neighborhoods.

suburban poor outnumber city poor. Brookings finds suburban areas have seen fast growth in concentrated poverty, though it remains most severe in cities.

Brookings notes:

If these communities are ignored, they could become areas of concentrated poverty over time.


The challenges of poor neighborhoods—including worse health outcomes, higher crime rates, failing schools, and fewer job opportunities—make it that much harder for individuals and families to escape poverty and often perpetuate and entrench poverty across generations…


Cuomo Links of the Day:


– Cuomo and his aides have lawyered up.

issue statements of support.

immovable object called Preet Bharara.”

– how lonely Albany can be.”

– scandal based on his own micromanagement.”

– Cuomo himself and his aides.”

governor himself and his immediate circle.”

– The Moreland mess has eroded Cuomo’s fear factor.


Links of the Day:


directives about the Bills.

– The federal detainers on immigrants.

– Becoming a teacher is getting more expensive in New York.

– When was the last time you vacationed at Costco?

Seriously, Lockport?

4 Responses to Concentrated Poverty Goes Up

  1. ” A Brookings Institution study shows more of them are living in high-poverty neighborhoods.”

    Who paid for a study to find out that poor people live in poor neighborhoods???

  2. One can see this among some of the east-side suburbs, (Henrietta and E. Irondequoit especially). Movements being made to fight poverty in cities has done well, but it’s important to not neglect our suburbs (in which the larger population of a Metro area lives!)

  3. Why does “poor” need to be equated with health issues, crime, bad schools and any other society ills. I never understood why being poor means you can’t attend school and study. I never understood why poor means you can’t clean your house and keep your yard tidy. I never understood why being poor means you can’t show respect for your fellow man. I never understood why being poor means you can’t love and care for your children. These excuses of poor being the reason for this behavior has to stop. Until the root causes are acknowledged there will never be any improvement. The root cause is the culture of dependence on government to provide for all your needs and to pamper you with the excuses that it is not your fault that you behave this way. You, and only you, are responsible for your own plight. If you don’t like living in concentrated poverty, just MOVE. But the real issue is if you want to improve your quality of life, then go to school, do your homework, clean your house, and obey the law. Very simple.

  4. August 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm Orielly responds:

    My guess would be that concentrated Rich / High income neighborhoods / areas are also growing and also went up. That’s all followed by a big… so what?

    As people get richer many move to more expensive homes in upper class neighborhoods or areas. These are places THEY can afford and they EARNED their way there usually through hard work.

    This constant “concentration of poverty in poor neighborhoods” INFO and reporting is really based on an AGENDA. ITs nothing new and its not earth shattering news. Most could care less.

    Rich living in the same area is not a problem but poor living in one area is a major problem… says who? They live where they…. or more like it WE can afford housing (after all for most poor we pay for their housing)

    This AGENDA is nothing more than an effort to get poor kids going to schools in the burbs. Again, they or their parents don’t have to earn it … we should just give it to them.

    There is a redheaded reporter in this town who went to city schools and then went to an Ivy league college. It can be done and has been done by 1000s (going to college after a RCSD Education).

    Per pupil spending is not a problem, the CSD spends more PER Pupil than almost any area district. The teachers are there in the CSD… the path is proven, it can be done.

    Want out of the RCSD? I have a novel idea, support REP candidates for RCSD who will support vouchers. As it is right now the city residents have the schools they voted for.

    Are we to move the really poor up to burb schools .. and the marginally poor can stay where they are? WHO moves and who doesn’t? Who picks the winners and who gets left out and behind?

    Kinda sounds like the black scholars programs. Some get the benefits and rewards, and some get left out.

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