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For all the media’s coverage of tech people who work 100 hours a week and high-powered executives who brag about working 24/7, it’s pretty overblown. It should come as no surprise that poor people actually get much less sleep on average than those in higher income brackets. Working multiple jobs, irregular schedules and lack of personal transportation are only […]

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In post-recession Manhattan, the rich are making nearly as much as they did before the economic disaster, while the poor are make the same or even less. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, released today, reveals that the top 5% in Manhattan took in $854,394 in the final year of Bloomberg’s administration, 88 times the […]

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The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has shut been shutting off water weekly for anyone “behind $150 or more on their water bills, or whose accounts are 60 days overdue,” Michigan Citizen reports. Nearly half of Detroit’s population falls into this category. Shut offs have included residents who are already on a payment plan […]

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These Google Street View photos show just how quickly abandoned or foreclosed property in Detroit is overtaken by the forces of nature and poverty. Over the course of five years, houses have turned into vacant lots or were stripped down to skeletons. The resulting photos look like an entirely different place. It’s hard to believe […]

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We already know that NYC’s most elite high schools admit very few black students, and now, a new study shows run-of-the-mill public schools across the state aren’t exactly models of diversity either. In fact, according to a report published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, New York has the most racially segregated public schools […]

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The Atlantic Cities conducted a study of poverty and segregation in major metros across the country, and unsurprisingly, NYC has it pretty bad. The study looked at income and geography to find the cities in which poor people live in the most concentrated, isolated areas, and while New York isn’t the worst — that dubious honor goes […]

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This week’s stellar NYC jobs report comes with a sad counterpoint: despite positive developments on the national level, the city’s homeless population grew by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013, bringing homelessness in NYC to “levels not seen since the Depression era,” according to the New York Times.  The numbers come from the Department of Housing […]

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Displaying a bizarre self-awareness about its own business practices, a Wal-Mart in Cleveland, Ohio is asking its employees to donate food to other, less-fortunate employees–who apparently can’t afford it on their meager Wal-Mart wages. Some people were irked by the mega-chain retailer’s humanitarianism. “That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food […]

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That nagging sense of a New York divided, between haves and have-nots, observed by everyone from Occupy Wall Street to the Democratic nominee for mayor? It isn’t imaginary. A survey released today reveals that NYC has the U.S.’s most striking income inequality. In Manhattan, the average income for the lowest 20% was $9,635, and that of […]

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In many cities, waterfront real estate is hotly coveted, and to a degree, that’s true in New York as well–witness the propagation of luxury condos in the Rockaways before Hurricane Sandy–but much of the city’s waterfront has historically been dotted with housing projects. In the wake of the storm’s devastation along the coastline a month ago, the New […]

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