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What Works News Round-Up – May 9, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

Al Jazeera America (5/9/14) The Ride to the Top
Your own two feet may be the great equalizers in a nation with a widening wealth and education gap. Both the most educated and wealthiest American workers and the least educated and poorest are more likely to ride their bikes or walk to work, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau

NPR (5/7/14) The Changing Picture of Poverty: Hard Work is ‘Just Not Enough’
There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers. And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?

The Washington Post (5/7/14) The New War on Poverty: Tackling Two Generations At Once
Advocates are beginning to embrace something new: Anti-poverty programs that focus on parents and children at the same time. In other words, a “Two Generation” approach that calls for high quality child care centers that not only require parent involvement, like many Head Start programs, but also offer community college training programs to become certified nursing assistants, for example, or to earn credentials for other stable professions to boost family income.

Brookings Social Mobility Memos (5/7/14) Widening the Opportunity Bottlenecks in the Early Years: Parenting is Key
Success is a cumulative process across the life cycle. As Joseph Fishkin, James Heckman, the Brookings team, and others have all argued, opportunities for development early in life, whether through better parenting or better out-of-home care, could not be more important. But can such opportunities eliminate current income and racial gaps that show up at age 5 or even earlier?

The Atlantic Cities (5/6/14) Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?
The project envisions wide walking and biking paths, access to nearby neighborhoods and businesses, parks and green space, and new homes, shops, and apartments. The city’s emerging streetcar system will eventually be incorporated into the loop, too. The largest redevelopment project in Atlanta’s history — which is saying something in a city that was rebuilt from the ground up after a certain W. T. Sherman paid a visit 150 years ago — the BeltLine is one of the boldest sustainability projects in urban America.

USA Today (5/1/14) CDC: Lifespan More To Do With Geography Than Genetics
There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday. “Your longevity and health are more determined by your ZIP code than they are by your genetic code,” he said.

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