Middle Class Photo Project - Most Commented

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Nephresha Singletary, Los Angeles, Calif.

I chose this photo because it represents what being a middle class person is to me. It represents middle class because being able to travel several times a year on paid vacation is a great benefit of my job. I don't have a husband or kids, and though young professionals are not often thought about as part of the "middle class", we really are. This picture is of myself in Miami relaxing on vacation.


Carissa Herhuth Milwaukee, Wis.

This photo was taken in January 2011 during the "Recall Scott Walker" protests in Madison, WI. I chose this photo because many people in Wisconsin view Scot Walker as the one who has "waged war on the middle class." This picture shows a bunch of middle class union folks fighting to keep the rights and resources they have.


Bob Whitefield, Chapel Hill, NC.

These are the fifteen customer rewards cards I carry.  Being middle class means having to provide information about your shopping habits in exchange for small discounts. The wealthy can afford privacy.


Bill Czappa, Burbank, Calif.

I make art and this piece is about the banking industry and corperations who are destroying us.


Steve Haupt, Clarksburg, Calif.

The house is what my wife and I built.  After 16 months the house was done and we knew someone else had to build the barns.It shows about the extent of our small farm of 63 acres. Now our horse training business is down 85%. Our organic hay crop has come in down 30-40% due to lack of early rains in the fall but saved at a cost of having to irrigate through the winter.


Dan Schauer, Portland, OR

This shows my brother-in-law at the Oregon Coast, in a shot taken by his wife. He's a scholar and musician, she's an artist. We were spending time at the family's beach cabin. This represents a big part of the good life: being with family and having leisure time. Although I want to be in the middle class, and I want more pay.  I also want more leisure time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am learning how leisure time is more valuable than a higher income. Since I haven't heard time off enter into media discussions of the middle class, I picked this.


Don Mclean, Harrisburg, Pa.

This is a picture of my spouse & me in front of our home with out buildings in the background. It shows our chosen family sport and our family pets.  Upper middle class; veterinary degree, retired military officer, own our home with mortgage, married 39 years, 2 grown sons, a fair amount of savings & investments for retirement, still working full time (64 y/o). Even so still just making ends meet without a lot of excess discressionary income.


Zachary Hollcraft, Columbia, Mo.

To me, nothing epitomizes the middle class like a white picket fence. We bought this house last year, and it came complete with the fence.


Ronault L.S. Catalani, Portland, Or.

This photo speaks to my idea of middle class, because of the joy all over the faces of refugee Portlanders recently expelled from the Kingdom of Bhutan; and just now feeling their families are safe in their neglected East Portland neighborhood.


Sue Leroux, Honolulu, Hawaii

Grampy(far left) was born in 1908 to immigrants and never went past the 8th grade. He hooked up with General Motors where he got job security, a good living wage and a technical education. He retired at 57 and lived to 92 without debt. I lived the legacy of a good education leading to a good job in corporate America. My husband(right) was a Viet Nam vet and the first kid to graduate from college in his family. His income history roller-coastered from $0-150,000 a year. Our life together brought us a middle class income, lifestyle and benefits, the money to pay for day care and college and, at times, crushing debt. Both our children grew up wanting nothing, got college degrees and entered a world of non-career jobs, following dreams, and traveling light. No financial security, no marriages or kids, but very strong survival skills and a network of friends and family that love and cheer for them. I consider all these scenarios part of the middle class. ..so I think I've convinced myself it's more about the values than the $$


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Jun 1, 2012

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Marketplace's coverage of the municipal bond market. With an increasing number of state and local governments struggling with debt and budgets, worries are growing over how the muni market will be able to cope.