Why all the social unrest?

indexBecause we, through very bad public policy and a slavish devotion to create low-resource neighborhoods, made it so.

Read this from Paul A. Jawgorsky, professor of public policy at Rutgers University. Boiled down

  • The number of people living in high-poverty ghettos, barrios, and slums has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 7.2 million to 13.8 million. 
  • These increases were well under way before the Great Recession began.
  • Poverty became more concentrated—more than one in four of the black poor and nearly one in six of the Hispanic poor lives in a neighborhood of extreme poverty, compared to one in thirteen of the white poor. 
  • To make matters worse, poor children are more likely to reside in high-poverty neighborhoods than poor adults. 
  • The fastest growth in black concentration of poverty (12.6 percentage points) since 2000 was not in the largest cities, but in metropolitan areas with 500,000 to 1 million persons.

This, from the Washington Post, also adds to the discussion. And thank you, Leftover, for the links. Here’s a small part of Jargowsky’s solution:

…we have to try to stabilize low-income areas, improve inner-city schools, and expand economic opportunities for those currently living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. And perhaps more importantly, we have to find a way to stop creating so many high-poverty neighborhoods in the first place. We must work to change the development paradigm that creates high-poverty neighborhoods.

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  1. Is this on the shoulders of mayors, state legislators, and governors to change these environments, do you think? Is there something the federal government could do or is this best addressed at the state level? I’m thinking Malloy & state government needs to take steps to change the environment in Hartford, for example. The whole state, I think, needs to do what’s necessary to change this trend for urban areas within the state and hold the Governor accountable, no?

    1. I think change has to start somewhere and I think it can start with the rest of us calling ourselves out on this. We did this. We did — or we allowed it to happen over time because hey! That’s life.

      1. I agree we need to see & acknowledge. Once we get beyond raising awareness, I’m wondering who has the power to change the direction. We need big changes within policy/funding along with the many little changes in attitude & support, no?

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