2012 ACS data reveal substantial further increases in concentration of poverty

Recently posted by me on the “Blog of the Century”: Americans increasingly live in high-poverty neighborhoods, as documented in my analysis released last December. That report was based on U.S. Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data through 2011. The latest ACS tract-level data has recently been released based on monthly surveys conducted from 2008 to 2012. … Read more …

Concentration of Poverty Rises Since 2000

After a dramatic increase in the concentration of poverty between 1970 and 1990, there were substantial declines in the 1990s related to a booming economy and changes in housing policy that favored decentralized forms of housing subsidies. Unfortunately, the concentration of poverty has surged once again since 2000. A new report issued jointly by the … Read more …

To end war crimes, you must first stop committing them

This is a outside of my normal focus on domestic issues, but my co-author Marie Chevrier is an expert on chemical and biological weapons arms control, as well as international law and diplomacy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marie-isabelle-chevrier/time-to-stop-the-war-crim_b_3914465.html  

Camden, the Region’s Drug Market

The Camden County police conducted drug sweep last week, arresting 19 drug dealers and 45 alleged drug buyers.  The Courier Post lists the names and home towns of all who were arrested: “64 arrested in Camden drug sweep,” June 2, 2013. Fully 80 percent of the buyers were not Camden residents.  In fact, the buyers … Read more …

Camden’s Waterfront Development: Has it Worked?

I published this op-ed in The Courier Post on December 21, 2012. Camden’s Waterfront Redevelopment: “Attractions work, but haven’t saved Camden” Paul A. Jargowsky, Ph.D. The Courier Post, December 23, 2012 The redevelopment of the Camden Waterfront stirs strong opinions. The new parks, office buildings, museums, an aquarium, and a minor league baseball park have … Read more …

New Jersey Ranks High in Segregation by Race and Class

I published an op ed in The Courier Post on 12/16, examining racial and economic segregation in New Jersey.  You can view it here.  It was part of a special feature, “As population shifts, do invisible lines divide us?,” including several other interesting op-ed pieces on the front page of the Sunday opinion section.