Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Suburban Poor Need Local Social Services

Here's a story on the rising need in suburban areas for social services since more impoverished people now live in suburban areas rather than in urban areas. It is relevant to a debate we had a while back on why social services tend to continue to get clustered in urban areas rather than spread to suburban communities, too.

High numbers of poor are moving to suburbs for cheaper rents and jobs but because social services are clustered in cities, they are challenged to find transportation to get to services agencies. So, rapid changes in demographics are creating not just a need in urban areas to spread some of the services around, but those changes also generate a demand in the suburbs for more conveniently located services, even though there is resistance from upper class suburbanites who are NIMBY, rather than AIMBY.

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