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What Works News Round-Up – February 21, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

The New York Times (2/20/14) Study Finds Greater Income Inequality in Nation’s Thriving Cities
If you want to live in a more equal community, it might mean living in a more moribund economy. That is one of the implications of a new study of local income trends by the Brookings Institution, the Washington research group.

Washington Post (2/19/14) The Best Case that the War on Poverty has Failed
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, launched by Lyndon B. Johnson in his 1964 State of the Union address, and it has prompted a wide-ranging debate on whether that battle has succeeded or failed.

Health Affairs Blog (2/18/14) Health Affairs “Community Development and Health” November 2014 Theme Issue: Announcement
Health Affairs plans to publish an issue on the topic of “Community Development and Health” in November 2014. Details on the upcoming issue are available here. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014.

The New York Times (2/17/14) An Affordable Housing Project Faces Opposition in Wealthy Chappaqua
While opponents think the poorer residents might be stigmatized living between a highway and train tracks, Mr. McLaughlin thinks that they would feel comfortable and that their presence would be a blessing for Chappaqua.

The Atlantic Cities (2/17/14) Why Gentrification is So Hard to Stop
A spate of mainstream articles, books, and policy papers published in the last decade have warned civic leaders about this “new” form of urbanization. However, gentrification isn’t new — it’s actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.

Marketplace (2/13/14) Why a Health Insurance Company Entered the Housing Market
A growing body of research says your health has a lot to do with where you live. If you’re poor and struggle to keep a roof over your head, you’re going to get sick more often.

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