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Low Pay, High Housing Costs: Not a Good Equation for Teachers

The rising cost of housing, along with the pandemic, has transformed the lack of housing affordable to teachers in expensive parts of California from bad to worse. Solutions so far only address half the problem or don’t go far enough.

March 7, 2023 - The Guardian

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The Dire Straits of the Working Homeless

Due to stagnant wages and the lack of affordable housing in many U.S. cities, even people with jobs are finding themselves slipping into homelessness.

September 4, 2019 - The New Republic

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Around the Country, Cities Face Bus Driver Shortages

Cities like St. Louis, Denver, and Minneapolis have have fewer bus drivers than the transit system requires. The shortages are effecting the quality of service.

September 3, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

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New 'Affordability Index' Shows How Far Money Goes in New York City

(Not very far.)

June 27, 2019 - Curbed New York

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Tracking a Postmates Delivery Worker's Path, and Resulting Compensation

Many delivery services have come under scrutiny for questionable labor practices. Grub Street follows a Postmates delivery worker through one night to understand the nature of the work and assess the earnings.

March 2, 2019 - Grub Street


Dense Cities Have Less to Offer Low-Skilled Workers Than They Once Did

A study from economist David Autor finds that the higher wages once offered workers without college degrees or special skills are mostly gone. Workers in cities often earn what they would in rural areas.

January 17, 2019 - The New York Times

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Rising Labor Costs and Higher Construction Costs for Homes

Labor costs vary greatly throughout the country, but wages are rising in the construction industry, especially in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

December 27, 2018 - Curbed

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Wages are Higher in Urban Areas, But Growing Faster in Rural Counties

The story of the success of American cities is more complicated when we look at the details.

October 31, 2018 - CityLab


When Rents Rise But Wages Don't

Renters in smaller metropolitan areas are struggling to deal with the realities of rising rent and stagnant wages. At least wages have increased in high-priced areas.

December 13, 2017 - The Spokesman-Review


Report: Wages Falling Short of Rent in Every Corner of the Country

The size of the gap between wages and the cost of rent is growing, and spreading. For renters, every corner of the country's housing market is in crisis.

August 13, 2017 - CityLab

Do Immigrants Help or Hurt America's Urban Economies?

As Congress debates immigration reform, Richard Florida explains why more liberal policies could be a boon for America's cities by examining the connection between foreign-born populations and economic outcomes.

April 25, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

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