Alan Berube examines the most recent Census data to understand where and why income inequality has become a pressing political issue in many big cities today.
"Inequality may be the result of global economic forces, but it matters in a local sense. A city where the rich are very rich, and the poor very poor, is likely to face many difficulties. It may struggle to maintain mixed-income school environments that produce better outcomes for low-income kids. It may have too narrow a tax base from which to sustainably raise the revenues necessary for essential city services. And it may fail to produce housing and neighborhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families, so that those who move up or down the income ladder ultimately have no choice but to move out." – Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
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