January 21, 2012

MetroTrends week in review

Child poverty, violent crime, and racial inequality — stubborn challenges confronting citizens and policymakers in metros across the US, and the focus for last week’s MetroTrends blogs:

  • Susan Popkin and Jennifer Comey described a promising initiative to help children in one of DC’s most distressed neighborhoods.
  • John Roman challenged Charles Murray’s contention that mass incarceration “worked” to reduce violent crime.
  • Margery Turner marked the MLK holiday with metro-specific measures of the opportunity gaps still facing African Americans and Latinos.

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