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Wealth & Poverty at a glance

Raising the minimum wage puts a city at odds with lawmakers

Oct 6, 2015
A bill prevents other cities from following St. Louis’ lead in raising the minimum wage.
Posted In: minimum wage, St. Louis, missouri

World Bank rethinks poverty measure

Oct 1, 2015
The benchmark of $1.25 a day is expected to raise to $1.90.
Posted In: poverty line, poverty rates, poverty
New York is seeing a spike in homelessness.

Behind New York's Right to Shelter policy

Sep 30, 2015
The city's homeless owe their municipal shelters to an unprecedented lawsuit.
Posted In: homelessness, New York, shelter

Georgia could lose federal money for poverty assistance

Sep 28, 2015
Financial aid for poor families is threatened by an accounting sleight-of-hand.
Posted In: food bank, Georgia, poverty simulation

York & Fig: Confessions of an ambivalent landlord

Sep 22, 2015
A real estate investor asks herself if she can be socially responsible in an up-and-coming neighborhood.
Posted In: gentrification, real estate

A satirical spin on gentrification in New York

Sep 21, 2015
Two ad guys pitch a message of gentrification at a store in Brooklyn.
Posted In: gentrification, New York City

York & Fig: How one lucky store beat the odds

Sep 17, 2015
In this episode, a mom-and-pop shop, a magical bus tour and public policy.
Posted In: gentrification, los angeles, businesses, highland park

La Tropicana thrives in a changing neighborhood

Sep 17, 2015
It's a tale of two customer bases told through dried chiles and gluten-free bread.
Low-income families select free bread and produce at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey last month. The food bank has seen an 11 percent increase in food distribution in Atlantic County since four of Atlantic City's major casinos closed in 2014, laying

Federal poverty measure unchanged from last year

Sep 16, 2015
U.S. Census reports the median income rate also remained the same from last year.
Posted In: poverty, wages, income

All in the family: the new mortgage math

Sep 16, 2015
Fannie Mae overhauls a loan option to reflect economic realities.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, home loans, mortgage
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