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When you think of the suburbs, you might think of leafy green lawns, clean houses and — often — privilege. But a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston adds a dark detail to that bright image: one in four households receiving food stamps in New England is located in the suburbs.
Making things worse is the lack of resources in many suburbs. In urban areas, low-to-moderate income families often have access to services that make life more manageable, like public transportation.
- "New England’s suburbs, often viewed as bastions of sprinkler-fed lawns and roomy SUVs, are also communities of hidden poverty, where one in four families relies on food stamps to stock cupboards with groceries and put food on the table, according to a report to be released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Wednesday."
- "There is no word more evocative in the urban vernacular than "suburb." For most of us, those two syllables conjure a very specific type of place, with a specific kind of people comfortably living there."
- "In many of America’s once pristine suburbs, harbingers of inner-city blight — overgrown lots, boarded up windows, abandoned residences — are the new eyesores. From the Midwestern rust-belt to the burst housing bubbles of Nevada, California and Florida, even in small pockets of still affluent regions like Du Page County, Ill., the nation’s soaring poverty rates are visibly reclaiming last century’s triumphal 'crabgrass frontier.'"
This segment aired on August 14, 2014.