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Census data: A growing number of people are living in high-poverty areas

Sep 15, 2015

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By official economic measures, this country has emerged from the Great Recession.

But recovery is not being felt in many neighborhoods in large and mid-sized cities.

Since 2000, the number of people living in high-poverty ghettos, barrios, and slums has nearly doubled from 7.2 million to nearly 14 million people.

That's the highest number of Americans living in high-poverty neighborhoods ever recorded. 

What is behind this "Resurrection of America's Slums"?

Alana Semuels explores this question in a piece for The Atlantic.

Semuels joined us to discuss this rise in slums and ghettos, what solutions are being offered, and some pretty striking numbers about Detroit.