Suburban and urban poverty in the region

The Brookings Institution recently released new data and an interactive map that show how poverty has shifted in various metro areas from 2000-2012. During that period, most areas saw a jump in suburban poverty, as well as larger concentrations of poverty in existing high-poverty neighborhoods. The Greater Washington region had some significant shifts that varied greatly across the metro area.  (WCP, 8/20)

In the “primary cities” of the D.C. region—namely D.C., Arlington, and Alexandria—the population in poverty declined by 3.5 percent between 2000 and 2008-2012. Meanwhile, the percentage of poor people living in both census tracts with 20 percent or higher poverty and census tracts with 40 percent or higher poverty declined. In other words, poverty became less prevalent and less concentrated.

Compare that to the rest of the metro area. There, poverty shot up by more than 42 percent. And the percentage of poor people living in tracts with at least 20 percent poverty increased from 4.2 percent to 14 percent. (The share living in tracts with at least 40 percent poverty remained at zero.)

– In this fascinating look at D.C.’s campaign to attract those who are young, educated and willing to spend their healthy salaries, The Washington Post examines the perils of building a city around middle-income families and the forced movement of low-income residents into suburban areas. (WaPo, 8/19)

– Many people move to D.C. (especially from New York), but few people who are born in the District end up staying. In fact, around half of D.C.’s natives moved to Maryland and Virginia in the period from 1900 to 2012. (NYT, 8/19)

Race-based hate crimes rose in D.C. in 2013 (WTOP, 8/20)

Opinion: Has too much emphasis been put on how much donors give, instead of why donors give? (Philanthropy Daily, 7/17)

Throwing Cold Water on Ice Bucket Philanthropy (NPQ, 8/19)

WORKFORCE │ If a proposed merger is approved between Pepco and Exelon Corp., officials say the state of Maryland could see as many as 7,100 jobs added. Additionally, the merger could bring about a fund that would assist low-income customers with greater energy efficiency. (WBJ, 8/19)

ART │ Has D.C. been looking a little more aesthetically pleasing during the month of August to you? It could be due to the Art Everywhere US campaign that also includes some public displays of great American art on billboards, buses and bus stops in the Washington region. The campaign aims to promote dialogue around supporting creativity in schools and everyday life. (DCist, 8/19)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING D.C. Home Prices Jump at the Top and Bottom ( WCP, 8/19)

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– Ciara