“Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?” by Maia Szalavitz

This is part of a series on inequality and opportunity in America, from the Guardian Newspaper.


The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage by RICHARD FLORIDA

“Inequality stems from place itself and is located in the urban neighborhoods that generations of African-Americans have called home. Despite the civil rights gains of the 1960s, there has been little change in the concentrated disadvantage faced by a large number of black families. Sharkey found that over 70 percent of the African-American residents of America’s poorest and and most segregated neighborhoods are the children and grandchildren of those who lived in similar neighborhoods forty years ago. The persistence of intergenerational poverty and economic disadvantage is thus inextricably linked to location and place.”