Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Our current institutions are in the process of failing and are unlikely to be reformed. Once the dust settles, we’ll create new institutions and a fresh cultural consensus that respond to pressing needs on the ground.
Ferguson, Missouri is still relying on so-called “fines and forfeitures” for a significant amount of its revenue.
Affordable housing can take many shapes and show up in surprising places. These places aren’t subsidized or government-run, but they house millions of Americans.
Where should we invest in retrofit, and where does it make more sense to let suburban development fail? The answer could have a profound impact on people across America.
We’ve got the built environment that we have and the overwhelming majority of it isn’t going to change.
What will happen to homeowner's associations in an America with increasing suburban poverty? It will be messy.
There is arguably no place where half a century of suburban growth has more resembled a giant Ponzi scheme than in Florida.
Everything that used to be shiny and new in this town is now aging – not all of it well. This town, like nearly every other town of its vintage, is functionally insolvent.
Attempts to upgrade public transit by the central authorities in Los Angeles have been fought tooth and nail by residents, and illustrate why transit just doesn’t work when the local culture doesn’t want it.
In this belated interview from Suburban Poverty week, we had the chance to speak with Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and co-author of the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America.
Here's what got the most reads on our site this week.
Suburbia is a massive experiment, and millions of Americans are finding out that it doesn’t work.
Langley Park’s auto-oriented development pattern imposes unneeded costs and burdens upon those who can least afford them.
In a thinly veiled attempt to keep "those people" out of a local mall, this spring, the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines demanded that a bus stop that services the mall be removed from its property.
What if our goal wasn’t to build the most stuff in the shortest amount of time for the least amount of money?
Caution: This post contains graphic images of housing displacement. Viewer discretion is advised.
It’s apparently acceptable for suburbs to actively discourage – and in this case, actually relocate – low-income renters. By pretending this sort of thing only happens in Brooklyn or San Francisco, we leave the low-income households who used to live in these now-demolished Marietta apartments vulnerable to very real displacement.
This suburb is a growing place, but it's not a successful place. It risks becoming an increasingly isolating place full of people who are cut off from the economic mainstream.
The reconfiguration of a bus route to reach lower-income suburban areas is a symptom of the problem, not the real treatment.
This interactive map lets you explore concentrations of suburban poverty and their growth over the last four decades.