May 5, 2012

MetroTrends week in review

Healthy food and decent housing are both critical to well-being of metropolitan residents.  And both pose challenges for poor families, especially those living in distressed neighborhoods. Last week, MetroTrends bloggers tackled both these human needs.

  • Rolf Pendall took on Mitt Romney’s proposal to eliminate the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): first agreeing that the federal government shouldn’t be imposing “one size fits all” approaches to solve local housing and community problems, but going on to argue that federal policy plays an essential role.
  • And Michael Martinez-Schiferl reports the shocking fact that over half of all infants and more than a quarter of children up to age 5 participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children—better known as WIC.



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