Subject: Suburban Poverty

  • Let’s Agree to Agree on a Poverty Policy Overhaul

    I want to thank Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube for their thoughtful response to my post critiquing their book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. In reading their post and the other comments posted on Rooflines on the Brookings Institution book,…

  • The Increase in Suburban Poverty Could Be a Good Thing

    Family poverty has spread beyond its traditional geographic boundaries, and our institutions and policies need to adapt to this new reality, reads the powerful new book from the Brookings Institution, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. As the report points out,…

  • As Cities Prosper, Poor People Relocate to Suburbs

    The number of low-income people living in suburbs increased 67 percent between 2000 and 2011, altering longstanding perceptions of a rising middle-class fleeing from cities to achieve the American Dream, according to this Brookings Institution report. Reasons for the shift…

  • “Confronting Suburban Poverty” Authors Respond to Critique

    The release a few weeks ago of our book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America is provoking lots of discussion in the blogosphere. The book even merited its publisher, The  Brookings Institution, a description as “something of a Vatican for anti-suburban theology.” But…

  • More Suburban Poor? Think Again

    What do Lynn, Brockton, Lincoln, Westwood, Watertown and Revere have in common? According to a new report by the Brookings Institution “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” they are all suburbs of Boston, despite their vast differences.  Does this seem strange…

  • The Invisible Poverty of the Suburbs

    Our anti-poverty policies have failed the suburban poor, say Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube. Their new book, "Confronting Suburban Poverty in America," highlights our country’s historically fragmented approach to urban poverty, and how that has limited the effectiveness of public…