25 Oct '11, 8pm

It Has Begun: Suburbs Are Turning Into Slums

It Has Begun: Suburbs Are Turning Into Slums

The New York Times has a front-page report today about the ballooning poverty rate in suburbs, which has surged 53% since 2000. That's compared with a 26% rise in cities. According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, 55% of the nation's poor who live in metropolitan areas now reside in suburbs. The trend is driven by declining property values, spikes in foreclosures, and the increasing allure of the city to the affluent. It's a scary thought -- over half of the most impoverished people in the nation live in suburban communities that are largely disconnected with population centers and other cities. Public transportation is poor to non-existant in many of these areas, as are social services. Food banks have seen a meteoric rise in use. The scary thing about this is that unless some of these issues are tackled head-on, this could lead to a vicious cycle: Oil pric...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/it-has-begun-subu...

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