October 29, 2011

MetroTrends Week in Review

As US metros grapple with persistent unemployment and rising poverty, worsening fiscal pressures, fruitless political vitriol, and mounting citizen frustration, facts can sometimes help point the way to solutions. In last week’s blogs:

  • MetroTrends spotlights Detroit’s response to devastating unemployment, poverty, and population loss.
  • Margery Turner offers compelling new evidence that helping poor families escape from severely distressed neighborhoods improves their health.
  • Kim Rueben thinks most US cities are acting responsibly to avoid bankruptcy, despite political stalemate in a few.
  • And Chas Cadwell taps developing world experience to argue that city leaders can help restore citizens’ trust in government if they listen and respond to their residents.

Your comments on MetroTrends blogs are welcome, and we hope you’ll check out next week’s posts.

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