Tag: poverty

‘Food Deserts’ Get New Name, But Still Prevalent in Baltimore

A map of “healthy food priority areas,” formerly called food deserts, from the city’s 2018
Food Environment Report. About 23.5 percent of Baltimore residents live in such areas, the report says.

Baltimore food policy officials have renamed what’s pretty much a household term now to describe a place where families lack nearby healthy food options and live in dire poverty, though the issue still remains a major problem in the city, according to a new report.

Leaders Discuss How to Fix Homelessness at Light City’s Social Lab

Molly McGrath Tierney, director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (left) and Jeff Singer, former director of Healthcare for the Homeless, talk on stage.

Homelessness doesn’t hit softly; it’s more like a hurricane that sweeps through a city, according to Jeff Singer, former director of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless.

Poor Baltimoreans Need More Help As Water, Sewer Rates Keep Climbing, Report Says

Photo by Ángelo González
Photo by Ángelo González

No one likes a higher water bill. However, ongoing increases in the water and sewer rates in Baltimore could leave Baltimore’s impoverished residents in particularly dire straits without more help from the city, according to a new report from the Abell Foundation.

New Study of Baltimore Youth Contradicts ‘Thug’ Narrative

Coming of Age in the Other America by
Coming of Age in the Other America by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin

Ten years of research yields fresh insights into why some impoverished Baltimore youth thrive while others don’t.

New York Times Editorial Says Racism “Doomed” Baltimore

Business Insider photo.
Business Insider photo.

All of a sudden, people everywhere have opinions about Baltimore–including the New York Times, which published a scathing Sunday editorial about the city’s problems that really didn’t pull any punches.

This Johns Hopkins Study About Life Trajectories Will Depress You



It took Johns Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander 25 years to complete his research about the paths people take in life. Finally, just a month before he retires from the university, Alexander has published what he found after studying nearly 800 Baltimore school children for more than two decades. And the news is kind of depressing.

This Map Shows Baltimore’s Biggest Problem


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Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.

In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”

Rosedale Doesn’t Want Low-Income Housing Either

Rosedale residents would rather this grassy lot stay as it is.
Rosedale residents would rather this grassy lot stay as it is.

Just a month after plans for a low-income housing project in White Marsh were scrapped in the face of local opposition, a similar project slated for Rosedale is about to get blocked by Baltimore County Council today, which is likely to pass an unprecedented resolution to refuse state funding.

The proposed development would include 50 homes, and residents would have the opportunity to eventually own through lease-to-purchase agreements. At least five of the homes would be earmarked for Section 8 renters.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins introduced the resolution, saying that while she is “not anti-poor people,” she disagrees with the location, which she says is “already a very poor community,” one without a grocery store or public transportation.

Why My Mother Made Me Call Her Tina


somali-girlUniversity of Baltimore MFA student D. Watkins tells the difficult story of his Somali mother, Tina, who gave birth to him when she was 15, full of big plans other than being a mom.

Tina is a loud-mouthed, club-hopping, plate-snorting, someone-else’s-Mercedes-driving, street-fighting, pink-rollers-under-a-ripped-stocking-cap-wearing, PTA-meeting-missing, new-best-friend-every-day-having, mother of five children with four different fathers–I’m her second oldest.

Warnock Foundation Initial Results of Baltimore Survey


WF Survey Memo

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