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Old 02-26-2015, 05:14 PM
 
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Cities are becoming more affluent while poverty is rising in inner suburbs

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Old 02-26-2015, 06:16 PM
 
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Looking at that Charlotte graphic I can't really see how the center has less poverty. The census tracts are less polar but it doesn't necessarily look reduced and it looks like poverty has spread significantly throughout the entire mapped area.

I'm guessing it's in large part due to the state of the economy. On the other hand, suburban poverty has been on the rise for at least 30 years now and suburban poverty overtook urban poverty in the 90s.

I think the choice of city is strange though. Center City Charlotte is tiny and 2 miles out from it is quite suburban and always has been . When I was living in NC 20 years ago hardly anyone lived downtown. It's was mostly parking lots - and that was after a big building boom in the 1980s. It's my understanding that it was never a well populated downtown and that historically it was mostly retail/office and warehouse. Charlotte was a small town well into the streetcar era so its growth has always been suburban. There were some 60s era housing projects there that have since been replaced with HOPE VI type stuff so maybe that's why poverty has declined slightly - because the density of it went down.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:24 AM
 
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This is another way of saying that under the guise of 'urban renewal,' cities are being gentrified because of affluent whites moving into them and raising the cost of living. This pushes the less affluent who are mostly black out of the cities and into the cheaper but increasingly crappier suburbs.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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What's happening in Charlotte or the DC area cannot be generalized to the whole country. Here in Seattle, for example, the gentrification is not from an influx of wealthy whites, it's from middle and upper-middle class Asians. The poor, regardless of race are being pushed out to less expensive but still nice suburban cities 30+ miles away. There is no real area of Seattle that can be considered ghetto where the poor congregate. The poor just can't afford to live here, so it's pretty much limited to the homeless who like the mild weather and the generosity of the tourists.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:43 PM
 
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This is another way of saying that under the guise of 'urban renewal,' cities are being gentrified because of affluent whites moving into them and raising the cost of living. This pushes the less affluent who are mostly black out of the cities and into the cheaper but increasingly crappier suburbs.
In 1960 no one lived in what was then a relatively small downtown Charlotte.

Urban renewal happened 50-70 years ago and, in the case of Charlotte, happened in a city that was both segregated and already heavily suburban. It's not a case that's immediately applicable to most other big cities.
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