Tag Archives: social mobility

One wonders what the situation in Michigan might be like today if Rick Snyder had governed like Minnesota’s Mark Dayton

Along with a lot of my social media friends, I spent a good deal of this evening reading and thinking about an article in The Atlantic titled The Miracle of Minneapolis, about how the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States had accomplished what so few American cities have been able to… which is to […]

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Ann Arbor City Council’s Chuck Warpehoski, acknowledging the discrepancy between Ypsi and Ann Arbor schools, says he’ll begin donating to the Ypsi Community Schools Foundation

On this past weekend’s edition of The Saturday Six Pack, during a discussion on the growing economic divide betweeen Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Avalon Housing’s Michael Appel brought up the idea of merging the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti school districts. This, he said, echoing the findings of the County’s recently issued report on affordable housing […]

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New Harvard study shows Washtenaw County among worst places to grow up when it comes to social mobility

I don’t know that we need yet one more data point, as we all know things are not only bad, but getting worse for poor people in Washtenaw County, but there’s a new study on “equality of opportunity” out of Harvard that seems to indicate that Washtenaw County is one of the worst counties in […]

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The myth of the social mobility in America

Last night, I had the following to say about Eric Cantor’s appearance at U-M: …In his speech, Cantor apparently talked about his ancestors and how they made good lives for themselves in America by a plying themselves and working hard. The implication, of course, is that others can do the same. Unfortunately, the facts say […]

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