Urban Poverty

Seoul South Korea

The Basement Apartments of Seoul’s Urban Poor

The lives of Seoul's poorest residents in squalid below-ground housing are brought out of the shadows in the film "Parasite."

March 11, 2020 - The New York Times

Report Finds Doubled Concentrations of Poverty Since 1970

A new report from City Observatory analyzes urban poverty and gentrification using census data from 1970 to 2010.

December 7, 2014 - Next City

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What Computer Scientists Can Teach Planners About Design

Architect Dave Hampton reviews the 2nd annual Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network workshop held June 11 in Chicago.

June 27, 2014 - UrbDeZine

Is Suburban Exploitation to Blame for Camden's Decline?

Are failing cities like Camden, New Jersey, to blame for their own downfall? Or are they the victims of a regional exploitation in which the suburbs foist their problems onto the nearest urban center?

December 23, 2013 - Next City

To Reduce Urban Poverty, Empower

Offering a list of policy innovations in several emerging mega-cities, URB.im managing editor Josephine d’Allant argues for empowerment over charity in the battle to improve conditions for the urban poor.

February 11, 2013 - Huffington Post

Low Cost Strategies for Reducing Urban Poverty

Eric Jaffe reports, “[a] recent field test in Mexico offers the first experimental evidence that basic infrastructure upgrades — in this case paving streets — have a measurable effect on reducing urban poverty.”

November 15, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Are Policymakers Failing 'The Truly Disadvantaged'

On the 25th anniversary of sociologist William Julius Wilson's seminal book on urban poverty, the effect of neighborhoods on people's lives is getting renewed attention in academia. But is anyone in power listening?

November 13, 2012 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

When Home Is 32.5 Sq.Ft: Tokyo Capsules

While the U.S. has its infamous Single Room Occupancy hotels, Tokyo has its "capsule" hotels - making SROs appear downright spacious by comparison. This article and accompanying slide show looks at life for one resident of Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510.

January 4, 2010 - The New York Times - Global Business

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