In summer 2013, the Poverty Center undertook demographic and narrative research on the issue of urban poverty in North Carolina, focusing specifically on Mecklenburg and Durham counties. In 2014, the center received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to continue, deepen and extend this research to other NC communities. Check back as we add new material and places.
We are excited announce the publication of our Charlotte report, "Economic Hardship, Racialized Concentrated Poverty, and the Challenges of Low-Wage Work."Our choice of Charlotte may surprise some, given its reputation as a thriving and affluent metropolitan area. However, racial and economic divides show that Charlotte’s enviable growth is not widely shared. Our dive into demographic data confirms both the Queen City’s strengths and its challenges. It generates tremendous prosperity. But its tangled confluence of poverty, racial disparity, segregation in housing and education, neighborhood disadvantage, and labor market segmentation relegates many residents to the sidelines. If unchecked, such trends will impair Charlotte’s prospects and increasingly wound the dignity and opportunity of large numbers of the city’s residents.
Gene Nichol's articles on Charlotte: