A Secret In The Suburbs

Brookings explores a new shift in poverty, and "Snob Zones" keep people out.

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Suburban Poverty and Snob Zones
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Suburban Poverty and Snob Zones

Poverty is a problem you tend to think of affecting very urban and very rural areas of america. But a new Brookings study shows a shocking fact: that over the last decade, the poor population in the suburbs has grown by about 60 percent. That national trend follows the same path as local metro areas are seeing, and the numbers aren’t just due to the effects of the economic downturn.  

We explore that subject and check in with Elaine Zimmerman from the Connecticut Commission on Children to see what the impact of all this is on Connecticut’s kids.

We also talk with the author of a new book that charts another trend where affluent communities try to keep out people of different socio-economic or racial groups.  Sometimes, often its through creative, exclusionary zoning practices. Lisa Prevost explores these so called “Snob Zones,"  a few of which she found in Connecticut.