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In the suburbs, where I live, there is an entire shadow population of impoverished citizens that is rarely mentioned in studies on poverty—an issue that most people seem to associate with the inner-city. But poverty is no respecter of jurisdiction. Dan’s recent blog post alerted me to a new Brookings study that fleshes this reality out; noting that, while poverty in suburban areas grew over the past several years, there was little institutional support to mitigate its effects. “Suburbs were home to a large and fast-growing poor population in the 2000s, yet many don’t have an adequate social services infrastructure in place to address the challenge.” An important reason for this neglect is the tremendous difficulty of, coupled with the lack of critical attention given to, implementing effective social networks in places where the poor aren’t nearly as concentrated as they are in the city. The logistics become that much more complicated. This is all the more reason why TM/C's maps are so essential in the fight against poverty.

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Comment by Daniel Bassill on October 8, 2010 at 3:38pm
Leaders in many cities ringing Chicago should be providing resources to support the T/MC, so they can use the T/MC resources to support the growth of tutor/mentor programs and other needed services in their own communities. We have people from many parts of the world in this forum, who could be using these ideas and information. Thus benefactors could also come from many places.

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