Tag: income inequality

Hopkins Sociologist Looks at Income Inequality, Marriage, and Babies



Income inequality is a worrisome national trend–and one that also has a very real impact on individuals’ choices, according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore City Among Worst in Nation for Income Mobility

via New York Times
via New York Times

The New York Times has a nifty new interactive map drawing on new research about income mobility in the United States. It’s so interesting to play around with that it’s easy to overlook a sad, stark fact: Baltimore City is one of the worst places in the entire U.S. for income mobility.

Even God Has Joined Call for Md. Minimum Wage Hike



Advocates for a state minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, have just gained a rather well-connected ally in the fight: God. Islamic, Jewish, and Christian religious leaders joined Maryland Democrats at a rally on Monday in Baltimore to voice their support for raise the minimum hourly wage by nearly three dollars.

David Simon Proposes a ‘Dangerous Idea’ to Save Capitalism in America


Creator of The Wire and native Baltimorean David Simon traveled to Sydney Australia to participated in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. It was probably fortunate that he was halfway around the world; a revised version of his “impromptu” speech on solving the problem of American capitalism published in the Guardian is about as taboo as it gets.

He hits the ground running, stating definitively that there are two Americas: one “where there is a plausible future for the people born into it” and one where there isn’t. By paragraph three he has name-dropped Karl Marx, and just as quickly he cuts down Marxism as a positive program, which he says “devolve[s] into such nonsense as the withering away of the state and platitudes like that.”

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks in Baltimore


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We live in an economically-segregated world, so much so that it’s sometimes difficult to get a wider view and see things as they really are. That’s why I’m a fan of websites like Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks, where a savvy data journalist has combined U.S. census data with Google Maps technology to create a stark visual representation of who lives where — and how much it costs.

This Just In: Mayo A Shattuck III Still Rich, Despite Everyone Else Being Not So Rich


Former Constellation Energy CEO (now Exelon executive chairman) Mayo A. Shattuck III makes a lot of money. Probably more than you. I’m not saying he’s the richest person in Baltimore, but among the area’s public company CEOs he was the highest paid last year — by far — with a gross income of $17.4 million (if you figure in retirement benefits and stock awards), according to a Sun investigative report.

Baltimore’s Income-Inequality as Seen from Space!


A couple weeks ago, blogger Tim De Chant posted an article pointing out the correlation between amount of tree cover in urban neighborhoods and income. It may seem like a no-brainer that wealthier neighborhoods boast larger trees and more overall, but it’s a tighter correlation than you may think. De Chant referenced a study that “found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased by 1.26 percent.”

Apart from neighborhoods that are being blitzed with gentrification, tree cover ought to reveal a neighborhood’s per capita income  with a fair amount of precision, given the right algorithm. (Don’t look at me; I’m not figuring it out.)

Anyway, De Chant reasoned that income inequality might be seen “from space.” He grabbed screenshots from Google Earth to compare tree cover in different neighborhoods within a city. The pictures are pretty interesting. He didn’t include Baltimore, so I went and grabbed a couple of my own images. I found the most stunning difference between planned neighborhood Guilford and nearby Waverly in North Baltimore.