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What Works News Round-Up – April 4, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

TIME Magazine (3/31/14) The Fed is Right to Worry About ‘Kitchen-Table Economics’
But under Yellen, community development, which has always been part of the Fed’s mandate, though an oft-neglected one, seems to be coming back in vogue. As I wrote in a column a few months ago, America’s central bankers are giving it more and more attention, now that the effects of an easy-money environment seem to be spent…The San Francisco Fed is partnering with the Low Income Investment Fund, a community-development institution that bridges the gap between low-income borrowers and private capital.

NPR (4/2/14) Finding a More Nuanced View of Poverty’s ‘Black Hole’
“It’s like being stuck in a black hole,” says Valdez, 47, who is unemployed and trying to raise a teenage son in Coney Island, New York City. “Poverty is like literally being held back from enjoying life, almost to the point of not being able to breathe.” For years, researchers have complained that the way the government measures income and poverty is severely flawed, that it provides an incomplete — and even distorted — view.

The Atlantic Cities (4/2/14) 40 Years of Chicago’s Rising Inequality, In One GIF
There are many ways to contextualize America’s growing economic and racial inequality: through the growth of new tech hubs in old industrial cities, the cost burden of inadequate transit access, or simply by comparing the lowest and highest earners in each region. In the case of Chicago, this series of maps, which show the disappearing middle class since 1970, may be the most striking and easy-to-process yet

Al Jazeera (4/2/14) Study: Suburban Sprawl Hurts Social Mobility
Living in sprawling metropolitan areas hurts a poor child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder as an adult, according to new research published on Wednesday. Despite the fact that urban sprawl has been linked to many social ills — obesity, shorter life spans and more car accidents — many U.S. metropolitan areas continue to spread out, the figures reveal.

MetroTrends Blog (4/1/14) For Many Low-Income Families, Cars May Be Key to Greater Opportunity
Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods—places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. Among Moving to Opportunity families, those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed.

The Washington Post (3/31/14) New York will Begin Universal Pre-Kindergarten
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will get hundreds of millions of dollars to implement a universal pre-kindergarten program, while high-earning city residents avoided the tax increase de Blasio sought to pay for the new program.

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