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What Works News Round-Up – December 5, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

Washington Post Wonkblog (12/5/14) The Vast Majority of Poor Neighborhoods Aren’t Gentrifying. They’re Stuck in Poverty.
Despite their ubiquity in the media, gentrifying neighborhoods that evolve over time from low-income to well-off are quite rare. It is far, far more common that once-poor neighborhoods stay that way over time — or, worse, that they grow poorer.

Next City (12/4/14) 3 Ways Communities Can Take Control of Gentrification
Maintaining a supply of affordable housing is a key to ensuring that neighborhoods experiencing gentrification remain diverse. “The housing should be placed in asset-rich communities,” noted Strong. “It shouldn’t be out of the way.”

The Atlantic (12/3/14) The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans
American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing continue to climb. But for many of America’s younger workers, “stagnant” wages shouldn’t sound so bad. In fact, they might sound like a massive raise.

Al Jazeera America (12/3/14)Separate and Unequal’: Racial Segregation Flourishes in US Suburbs
America’s suburbs, now as diverse as large central cities were 30 years ago, are repeating the cycle of racial segregation and inequality that have haunted major cities for decades. Ferguson, Missouri, a stark example of this suburban transformation in the St. Louis area, is at the heart of coast-to-coast demonstrations and a racially charged national debate over the relationship between police and black communities.

PBS NewsHour (12/1/14) This is Why the Middle Class Can’t Get Ahead
Only Americans who make less than $23,660 a year are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay after working 40 hours a week. Today, that’s only 11 percent of salaried workers. It didn’t used to be this way, and it doesn’t have to stay this way, argues venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.

The New York Times (11/29/14) Homeownership and Wealth Creation
Since the housing bust, renting has been in and owning a home has been out, especially among young adults who in earlier decades would have been first-time home buyers.

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