More poor people living in suburbs than cities

In the 1960s and ’70s, “white flight” in cities like Detroit helped concentrate poverty inside the city limits as more affluent residents fled to the suburbs. Today, well-educated job-seekers seeking shorter commutes, walkable communities, and other urban amenities are gentrifying once-sketchy neighborhoods, and the poor are getting pushed out — to the suburbs.

“From Miami to Denver, resurgent downtowns have blossomed even as their recession-weary outskirts struggle with soaring poverty in what amounts to a paradigm shift,” Bloomberg News reports, citing a Brookings Insitution report that finds there are now more poor people living in suburbs than in city centers.

Case in point: Ferguson, Missouri,where the poverty rate has doubled since 2000 — a trend that the world is taking notice of in the wake of protests over the Aug. 9 killing of an unarmed black teenager by police. Source: bloomberg.com.


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