“Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty”

“Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty,” by Scott W. Allard, Russell Sage Foundation

“Americans think of suburbs as prosperous areas that are relatively free from poverty and unemployment. Yet, today more poor people live in the suburbs than in cities themselves. In Places in Need, social policy expert Scott W. Allard tracks how the number of poor people living in suburbs has more than doubled over the last 25 years, with little attention from either academics or policymakers. Rising suburban poverty has not coincided with a decrease in urban poverty, meaning that solutions for reducing poverty must work in both cities and suburbs. Allard notes that because the suburban social safety net is less developed than the urban safety net, a better understanding of suburban communities is critical for understanding and alleviating poverty in metropolitan areas.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Historically, the affluent lived in the inner cities and their servants commuted in from poor neighborhoods on the outskirts. That changed in the mid-20th century as prosperous people and the middle-class moved to the suburbs and exurbs leaving war zones in the inner cities. Returning to the historical norm has potentially profound ramifications as this book explores.

Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty