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Old 03-02-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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Pittsburgh has a lot of poverty and social problems

besides, why would you be proud? are you out collecting canned food for the poor or something? what do you have to be so proud about, you didn't do anything.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh has a lot of poverty and social problems

besides, why would you be proud? are you out collecting canned food for the poor or something? what do you have to be so proud about, you didn't do anything.
Please explain these poverty and social problems to me when the metro has a poverty and crime rate below the national average. Obviously poverty must not be as high here as nationally if our economic indicators are higher than a lot of other areas of the country. Do you live here? Have you ever lived here? What do you know about this metro to make your assumptions more correct than someone who actually lives there? Show me some recent articles about this becuase the census showed that avg incomes in Pittsburgh have increased faster than the national rate in the past 10 years and there are more jobs here now than there were before the recession started in 2007. This is talking about the ability for people to afford food and obviously if quite a few less people don't worry about affording food here compared to other areas we must have a lower poverty rate. I'm proud that our economic indicators are always better than the nation's as a whole. Besides when did you visit Pittsburgh? If it's been more than 10-15 years since you've visited, you might as well say you haven't ever been here.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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So your telling my that 25% of Mississippians starve, and 36% are fat, so that leaves 34% or 1/3rd of Mississipians are heathy, thats BS.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Please explain these poverty and social problems to me when the metro has a poverty and crime rate below the national average. Obviously poverty must not be as high here as nationally if our economic indicators are higher than a lot of other areas of the country. Do you live here? Have you ever lived here? What do you know about this metro to make your assumptions more correct than someone who actually lives there? Show me some recent articles about this becuase the census showed that avg incomes in Pittsburgh have increased faster than the national rate in the past 10 years and there are more jobs here now than there were before the recession started in 2007. This is talking about the ability for people to afford food and obviously if quite a few less people don't worry about affording food here compared to other areas we must have a lower poverty rate. I'm proud that our economic indicators are always better than the nation's as a whole. Besides when did you visit Pittsburgh? If it's been more than 10-15 years since you've visited, you might as well say you haven't ever been here.
yes, I lived there.

Just look at the stats on this website. It has a well above average crime rate and almost a quarter of the residents are living in poverty.

It's not a bad place to live but it has a lot of problems.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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yes, I lived there.

Just look at the stats on this website. It has a well above average crime rate and almost a quarter of the residents are living in poverty.

It's not a bad place to live but it has a lot of problems.
What website? How long has it been since you've lived here?
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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city-data.com. It has information about cities too, you know.

It's been about 2 years since I moved.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Wow I'm proud of my state having the 8th lowest food hardship ranking in the county, my metro having the 12st lowest food hardship, and 3 three other PA metros ranking with very low food hardship rates (Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg).
I don't think this is anything to proud of. Over 13% of the population in your metro has had difficulties in affording food. Despite being on the lower end of the spectrum, that's still too much and in no way shape or form something to be proud of. 0% is the only number anyone should be proud of in this situation. This is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it's appalling that so many people have had issues affording something as important as food.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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So your telling my that 25% of Mississippians starve, and 36% are fat, so that leaves 34% or 1/3rd of Mississipians are heathy, thats BS.
This isn't necessarily a percentage of people that are starving on a daily basis. Its representative of people who have experienced difficulty in affording food at some point in the 12 months prior to this study.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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This isn't necessarily a percentage of people that are starving on a daily basis. Its representative of people who have experienced difficulty in affording food at some point in the 12 months prior to this study.
Again, the "food hardship rate" is defined as the percentage of people who answer yes to the question:
“Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

I am emphasizing this because my experience is that many low-income people haven't been given the chance to learn about cooking and nutrition and may not know about the most affordable food options.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I don't get how that is a problem of cooking and nutrition.
A vast number of those that receive government aid are going to be under educated in many areas.
Being educated enough to know that you can buy raw meats and vegetables and feed your family for much less than buying processed food products is a big issue.
Educating those on food stamps and other aid of this would help those families to stretch the aid further.
This would also help considerably with the out of control obesity issues in the country.
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