The Urban Institute’s MetroTrends just launched an interactive map that visualizes poverty rates throughout the country over the last three decades. We’re neither demographers nor cartographers, but these observations about the Greater Washington region are easily evidenced in the maps. Between 1980 and now:
– Black poverty has decreased and dispersed. It was heavily concentrated on the eastern half of the District in 1980, especially toward the eastern center of the city. Now it has moved north and east in the region.
– The Hispanic poverty rate has increased significantly overall, with heavier concentrations in Montgomery County and parts of Northern Virginia.
– The white poverty rate, which was formerly concentrated in the western part of the District, looks thinner in the city and denser in Prince George’s County.
Check out the MetroTrends site for a more detailed look at our region and the rest of the country.
– Greater Greater Education interviewed Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr (this is a long sentence already and its mostly titles so far) about demographic changes in the county. As GGE reported, the county’s changing population is leading to segregation in schools. To this point, Starr says (GGE, 7/2):
I could come up with ways of mixing and matching kids from different backgrounds and different races and different stripes in schools…but unless you actually change what teachers do with kids every day, you’re not going to get a different result.
– GGE also recaps a four-part series in Education Week about DCPS and the Common Core standards. (GGE, 7/1)
WORKFORCE | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has been working hard to convince the D.C. Council of the importance of supporting adult literacy. Their work has paid off. This week, the council approved a $1 million increase to adult literacy funding. (CFNCR, 7/2)
TRANSIT | Perhaps you’ve noticed the streetcar tracks and stations on H Street? I like to sit at the stations and count the ghost streetcars that go by. So when will the real cars actually be on the tracks? Maybe by the end of the year. There’s a 2 in 3 chance, according to DDOT. But hey, if they miss the deadline, at least they covered their bases with these ridiculous odds! (WAMU, 7/2)
LOCAL | Here’s what would happen if the FBI leaves the District. (CP, 7/2) No word on what this means for Agents Mulder and Scully.
– A “severely underserved community” has one doctor for every 3,500 residents. An area of Prince George’s County has only one for every 7,000. (WaPo, 7/2)
– In an article titled All for One and One for All, the Stanford Social Innovation Review looks at five ways that data and technology are going to change healthcare. (SSIR, 6/28)
There couldn’t be a better opportunity to link to the 90s power ballad All for Love featuring Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting. It’s from Disney’s Three Musketeers soundtrack. Way. Too. Epic.
This is kind of cool: six “radical” projects that would have completely changed New York’s landscape. The airport would be pretty neat.
And here’s a little trivia. A man who was convicted of conspiring to kill Albert Einstein was sentenced to…a six dollar fine. And a bonus supplement – Einstein developed the Special Theory of Relativity based on a dream he had.