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What Works News Round-Up – February 7, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

Brookings Social Mobility Memos (2/7/14) Five Facts on Poverty, Inequality and Mobility
The air is thick with rhetoric on poverty, opportunity and inequality. Politicians on both sides are lamenting the state of the American Dream. Too often, thought, phrases trump facts.

The Atlantic Cities (2/7/14) The Difficulty of Mapping Transit “Deserts”
A transit “desert” is a relatively new concept, defined as an urban area full of transit-dependent people (usually city residents who are low-income, elderly, disabled, or all of the above) but lacking sufficient transit service.

The Times-Picayune (2/4/14) Whole Foods Market opens in Mid-City with hopes of Broad Street revitalization
“This is where the culture resides,” Schwartz said. “These are the neighborhoods where it’s the people that make New Orleans New Orleans. And for 50 or 60 years, Broad Street, just like Claiborne Avenue, just like a lot of these other avenues, has been completely disinvested in.”

Fast Co.Exist (2/4/14) Now That Everyone’s Got A Smartphone, We Need Apps That Serve Low-Income Groups
“I think it still remains to be seen what really is going to be most valuable for our clients and how do we deliver something that helps them find resources they need and isn’t just a fancy app that nobody uses,” he says. Like brick-and-mortar retailers, banks, and many other traditional businesses before them, nonprofits are going to soon have to start figuring it out.

The New York Times (2/2/14) How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul
Our tendency to equate outward wealth with inner worth invokes deep psychological responses, feelings of dominance and subordination, superiority and inferiority. This affects the way we see and treat one another.

Health Affairs (1/30/14) Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community
Although there is a tendency to associate unhealthy environments with poor, urban neighborhoods, people in rural and suburban communities often face many of the same health challenges. Making the healthy choice the easy choice is one of the harder obstacles we face in the state of Colorado and across the nation.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (1/28/14) Pay-for-Success Projects Spread to More States
A San Francisco foundation today announced that it is providing $2.5-million to help “pay for success” projects gain a philanthropic foothold in California as similar efforts advance in Massachusetts, Utah, and New York.

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