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What Works News Round-Up – December 19, 2014

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

Fast Company (12/18/14) Mapping How Chronic Poverty Has Exploded in American Cities Over the Last 40 Years
A new report from the CityObservatory, a Portland-based think tank, shows that the number of urban neighborhoods that do gentrify is actually pretty small. Gentrification, in fact, might be a distraction from a much larger and slower-moving issue—that of chronic poverty in America.

Center for American Progress (12/18/14) As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks
America’s middle class is struggling. As recent economic data show, middle-class household incomes remain stagnant at a near-25-year low, and the share of the nation’s economic gains going to the middle class has fallen to near-record lows.

Washington Post Wonkblog (12/17/14) A Tremendous Number of School Children in America Still Live in Poverty
Earlier this fall, the Census Bureau reported that child poverty in America is finally declining for the first time in more than a decade. But while the national trend is ticking down, in many parts of the country — particularly the South — poverty rates for kids are still above the national average and higher than they were before the start of the recession.

The New York Times (12/12/14) How Social Status Affects Your Health
What is the relationship between social status and health? This is a tricky question. In modern industrialized societies, health certainly improves as you move up the socioeconomic ladder, but much of that trend is a result of health care and lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity) that are associated with income — not relative social position per se.

Citylab (12/12/14) White Households Are Now 13 Times Richer Than Black Ones
The recession affected everyone, but minorities were hit harder. As the U.S. economy rebounded, the wealth gap between races widened because a much larger share of minorities were—and still are—locked out of the recovery process.

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