Thursday, August 6, 2009

Conditions and Trends in 10 American Cities

A new report by the Urban Institute, "Metropolitan Conditions and Trends Changing Contexts for a Community Initiative", reviews recent trends for social and economic conditions in 10 metropolitan areas. It analyzes key indicators of metropolitan conditions and trends —the economy, the labor market, race, immigration, income, housing, mortgage lending, and more.
[The report] finds that the sites are strikingly diverse along many dimensions and are in many ways representative of the diversity in conditions and trends across America’s metropolitan areas. Although there were important differences in magnitudes, all sites shared in a number of trends: minority groups growing as a share of total population and improvements in several social indicators (e.g., in crime and teen pregnancy) but, disturbingly, notable increases in child poverty.
For policies to reduce child poverty.

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