Published: 2nd Apr 2014

Poverty has long been seen as the blight of our inner cities. In fact, for years anti-poverty policies have been concentrated on urban areas. But, while the attention has been on revitalising our city centres, something else has been occurring.  Alongside the urban renaissance there has also been growing poverty in many of our suburbs. As our new report, Poverty in Suburbia, demonstrates, most of those in poverty now live in suburbs. Our suburbs have often been looked down upon by architects and planners and consistently overlooked by policymakers and regeneration experts. The urbanist Jane Jacobs, for example, suggested that ‘suburbs are perfectly valid places to live, but they are inherently parasitic, economically and socially’. Our suburbs are regularly presented by the media as places of relative peace and prosperity. Yet, the latest evidence shows that many suburban neighbourhoods have high concentrations of poverty, and more suburbs could become poorer. Regardless … (To read the full article, subscribe below)