More Poor Live In Suburbs Than In Urban Areas
|May 25, 2013||Posted by Staff under Inequality / Concentration|
Cities Still Have a Bigger Percentage
Although there are more poor people living in suburbs, the percentage of people living in poverty increased only slightly. While the number of poor people in suburban areas now outstrips those in urban centers, the average U.S. suburb still has a much smaller percentage of its people living in poverty — 12% — than the urban average of 22%.
JJS: People move around but political borders don’t. Perhaps cities and surrounding counties should merge into one regional government, like the ancient Greek polis or the contemporary Russian oblast. There’s little reason for maintaining many little overlapping and competing local governments within a regional economic unit (or within a bioregion).
The economic effects of a large population is felt not just in the city but throughout the entire region. For instance, cities like Boston and San Francisco don’t cover much surface area but are compact and dense and pull up land values all through the region. Why have a border cut through an otherwise unified region?
Since the social generation of site value is a regional phenomenon, it should be a regional government that collects land dues (or land taxes) and disburses “rent” dividends to regional residents. Getting a dividend solves the poverty problem. Doing the sharing on a regional basis resolves any jurisdictional issues.