Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A New York Times editorial raises questions about the striking growth of poverty in the country's suburbs.
While the overall suburban population grew slightly during the previous decade, the number of people living below the poverty line in the suburbs grew by 66 percent, compared with 47 percent in cities.
The suburbs were not designed for the poor. And even now, local governments are not equipped to see, much less answer, a lot of their needs. [...] Of course, there are things to be done — smarter use of social-service resources, more economic development, a stronger public commitment to mass transit, housing and job training. But those are long-term challenges atop an immediate crisis, which must be addressed by more spending and more staffing to fix the safety net. Solving these problems must begin with an admission that suburban officials and residents have been reluctant to make: Poverty is growing, and it is not going away.