Poverty

3:41pm

Sun September 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Rising Income Gap Shapes Residential Segregation

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 11:20 am

Mechelle Baylor's home in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C., has been in her family since 1929. She says she's seen her neighborhood change a lot as her neighbors move out and higher-income earners move in.
Amy Held NPR

The income gap is receiving much attention lately as more Americans are isolating themselves around "people like us."

More accurately, they surround themselves with people who earn similar incomes, and it is now fueling a rise in residential segregation. One recent study suggests the income gap might be greater today than even during colonial times – even when you account for slavery.

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3:06pm

Sun September 23, 2012
Europe

Poverty, Segregation Fuel Marseille Crime Wave

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Police climb the stairs in a building on the north side of Marseille, southern France, as part of an operation in January against drug dealing and gun proliferation.
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Drug and gang violence in Marseille, France's second largest city, has gotten so out of control that one local politician has called for the army to be sent in to restore order.

The proposal shocked the French and President Francois Hollande. Now, the French government is making the city a top priority.

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2:26pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Poverty

More Coloradans Living In Poverty Since Start Of Recession

Jim Hill KUNC

According to a new analysis of 2011 Census figures – a higher percentage of Coloradans are living in poverty than in 2007, before the economic recession began. Poverty rates in northern Colorado have remained steady.

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10:03pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Census: In 2011, Number Of Poor Americans Increased

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 7:21 am

  • Richard Gonzales on 'Morning Edition'
(We retopped this post at 8 a.m. ET.)

Though fresh data from the Census Bureau show that the number of Americans living in poverty edged higher in 2011, its latest American Community Survey also signals that after a Great Recession and a painfully slow recovery the U.S. economy may finally be bottoming out.

The Associated Press leads its report on the news this way:

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10:18am

Tue September 18, 2012
Planet Money

The 47 Percent, In One Graphic

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:25 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Mitt Romney's comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax is getting lots of attention today. Our colleague Mark Memmott explains the context.

Here's a closer look at the numbers.

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