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Poverty and Urban Decline: The Twin Cities Compared with Ten Other Metropolitan Areas.

Adams, John S., Laura J. Lambert, and Barbara J. Van Drasek.

Is the rapid expansion of concentrated poverty in the Twin Cities a sign that the area is on a path of decline? To find out, a professor of geography and two graduate students compared trends in the Twin Cities with trends in ten other large metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and St. Louis. They examined changes between 1970 and 1990 by looking at five indicators of urban decline: the population of people living in poverty, households receiving public assistance, families and subfamilies headed by women, high school dropouts, and unemployed or underemployed men. They found that the Twin Cities is in better shape on most of the measures studied than are several comparable areas. High levels of welfare dependency, however, are well above average in the Twin Cities. Certain problems seem to be common to all large metropolitan areas. Whether these constitute decline can be assessed only within the context of the place in question. This article summarizes some of the findings from CURA's The Path of Urban Decline, the second in a series on What the Census Says About Minnesota, published by CURA in 1995.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
25 (4): 1-8.
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Reporter 25 (4)