David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Apr. 15, 2019 1 min read

The predominant change in American urban neighborhoods, the one to which low-income residents are most commonly exposed, is not gentrification but decline -- concentration of poverty, mostly for non-whites, in part due to white flight.  https://www.law.umn.edu/institute-metropolitan-opportunity/gentrification 

Online, urbanism discussions are dominated by arguments over gentrification. But consider: "Since 2000, the low-income population of economically expanding areas has fallen by 464,000, while the low-income population of economically declining areas has grown 5,369,000."

Whites fled to the suburbs, taking the tax base, good schools, and political power with them. Low-income & communities of color were left behind. Millions of poor people are now clustered in decaying urban areas where no one is proposing any luxury condos, or anything else.


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