“Middle-Class Areas Shrink as Income Gap Grows, New Report Finds”

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New York Times, November 16, 2011 By SABRINA TAVERNISE WASHINGTON — The portion of American families living in middle-income neighborhoods has declined significantly since 1970, according to a new study, as rising income inequality left a growing share of families in neighborhoods … Continue reading

“Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on ‘Lost Decade’”

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From the New York Times, yesterday — Rather sobering: By SABRINA TAVERNISE WASHINGTON — Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, … Continue reading

Will Jones, “Panel Ponders Reducing Districts in Richmond,” RTD, June 19, 2011

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Richmond should consider reducing its number of voter districts from the current nine to seven or five as a way to help tackle the poverty that plagues the city, according to an unfinished report of a commission appointed by Mayor Dwight C. Jones. … Continue reading

Obama and Political Voice

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Posted by: astelfox | April 19, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/community-learning-blog Most schools across the nation work to create a learning environment where students feel anything is possible. While that takes many forms, schools are often littered with motivational messages. Phrases like “You can do anything … Continue reading

Confessions of a Closet Socialist

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Posted by: dversaci | April 14, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/community-learning-blog Throughout this course we have tossed around a number of recommendations for how to palliate the issues surrounding chronic poverty. Indeed, some of these proposals have been very good, but many have rested on the … Continue reading

Childhood Stress and Brain Function

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Posted by: lf3yw | April 9, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/childhood-stress-and-brain-function/ Here is an article from the Washington Post discussing the connection between childhood stress and memory function. Although this coincides with the video we watched during class, it presents new research that fits into the … Continue reading

Overcoming Generalizations

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Posted by: carterquinley | April 5, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/overcoming-generalizations/ Volunteering at Overby-Sheppard Elementary has been the highlight of my semester. When I arrive at Mr. E’s classroom every Friday at 12:30, my adorable little first graders run up to me and give me big … Continue reading

This happened in New Orleans…

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Posted by: lf3yw | March 16, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/this-happened-in-new-orleans/ I went to New Orleans over spring break for a service-learning trip which I helped organize. Although our class focuses on Richmond, there are several experiences which I had on the trip which I believe … Continue reading

Human Capital Not Just an Abstract Idea

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Posted by: Justicia | February 26, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/human-capital-not-just-an-abstract-idea/ Over the years, the term “human capital” has become the trump card for social scientists; the answer for everything.  For instance, if we have problems in poverty the answer is to invest in “human capital”– … Continue reading

Brainstorm Session

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Posted by: jwalradt | February 18, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/brainstorm-session-the-daily-planet-health-and-the-environment/ Today I discovered that I would be teaching weekly health info sessions to the clients at the Daily Planet. The staff there seemed to be under the impression that I was some type of science … Continue reading