poverty & the middle class

the la times has a piece on the growing gap between rich and poor, and the shrinking neighborhoods of middle-class families.

“The retailers in the two neighborhoods are very different,”… “It’s the difference between a Whole Foods and a corner grocer, or Citibank and the local check casher. They’re not competing, and in the end, you have higher prices for all basic goods and services.”

urban centers are becoming the domain of the richest and the poorest, as the middle class is increasingly moved to the suburbs.  this limits the upward mobility of the poor, cutting off moving into a better neighborhood, going to better schools, or maintaining social contacts.

you can bet i’ll be reading the brookings report later on.

[update:  a rich discussion over at feministe]

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