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Suburban poverty rising

Soon urban will no longer be synonymous with poor. Poverty is increasingly moving to the suburbs. A recent report from the Brookings Institute, “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” found that poverty is rising more quickly in suburban areas. Between 2000 and 2011, the rate of poverty in suburbs grew by nearly two-thirds – more than twice as fast as it did in cities.

The closest metro area to Fort Wayne included in the study was Indianapolis. It found the suburban poverty rate rose from 5 percent to 7.7 percent.

The report notes that one reason for the increasing poverty rate in the suburbs is that three times as many people live in the suburbs compared to urban centers.

It also found that while the federal government spends $82 billion a year on programs to address poverty, most of those programs remain focused on urban communities. People living in suburban areas lack access to public assistance programs and not-for-profit agencies. There is also less access to public transportation, increasing the difficulty of receiving help.

Street detours are just a click away

Tis the season for ice cream cones and orange cones. This summer the city of Fort Wayne has nearly 30 miles of local street paving and repair projects scheduled.

The city is spending $4.8 million in local money and an additional $10 million in federal dollars on road projects.

Most of the projects will make needed improvements to neighborhood streets, where temporary street closures will inconvenience only a few homeowners at a time.

But several of the projects include major streets, such as Taylor Street and Stellhorn and Covington roads, which will require more detours.

To make it easier to avoid the closures, the city has posted the street repair schedule on the city website at cityoffortwayne.org/streets.

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