From press release by Road Map Project:

Some of the most intense demographic and economic changes happening in America today are occurring in the King County communities south of Seattle. These transformations are featured in the book, along with The Road Map Project, a region-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle, as one solution to this growing challenge.

The book [Confronting Suburban Poverty in America] places South King County’s challenges in a national perspective while also emphasizing the assets that will help the region surmount those challenges. New solutions aim to alleviate poverty and increase access to opportunity for low-income residents.

But the rise of poverty in the suburbs and its decline in the city core might also be an indication that the former is doing something right and the latter something wrong. A city that works properly should attract poor people because one of the main functions of a city is, precisely, to provide economic opportunities. Poor people do not come to a city for its galleries and parks; they come to a city to get out of poverty. So, if a city core has no poor people, this can only mean one of two things: the city has in fact lifted all of its inhabitants out of poverty or it has become too expensive for the poor. Enough said...
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