South Florida is of the most economically segregated metro-areas in the US. Housing developments like Liberty Square, contribute to some of the separation of the rich and the poor, but it's isolated rich enclaves that make that segregation the most pronounced.
“Segregated Cities” ranks the degree to which 359 metro areas nationwide are segregated by income, education achievement, type of occupation and overall segregation. South Florida is 39th in the study's overall evaluation.
According to the federal government, "enough" is a simple, five-figure amount: $23,850. That's the poverty line. It marks a distinction between who is poor and who is not, who doesn’t have enough money to make ends meet and who does.
But over the past month, I've asked you to tell me what you think it really takes to live in South Florida. Your answers averaged about $47,600 a year -- almost exactly twice the federal poverty level.
10/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Georgetown University law professor and author Peter Edelman. He’s written SO RICH, SO POOR: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. The US has the highest child poverty rate in the industrialized world. Income disparity is at its highest point since the great depression. One-half the jobs in the nation pay less than $35,000 per year. Learn more at 1pm on WLRN.