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October 01, 2009

New Thinking About Poverty

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New Thinking About Poverty in a Shrinking City: a presentation by Claudia Coulton, Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, September 2009.

Cleveland has lost more population and housing in the past 5 years than previous trends would have suggested. Yet it continues to be one of the poorest cities in America. This presentation documents the shifts in demographics and an economic downturn that suggest the need for new thinking about how to address poverty in a shrinking city.

The movement of many poor residents to the suburbs surrounding Cleveland is one aspect of the new reality. A early sign of this trend can be seen in the growth of foodstamp recipients in many suburban municipalities.

To see an animation of this flow, click here.

This evaluation housed in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.