WAER’s ‘City Limits’ Project Examines Syracuse’s Alarming Poverty Rate
According to the U.S. Census Report, Syracuse’s poverty rate was the 13th worst in the country in 2016, with nearly a third of the city’s population living in poverty. Although the nation’s poverty rate fell to 12.7 percent in 2016, Syracuse’s poverty rate increased from 31 percent to 32.1 percent, with its ranking of 13th nationwide up from 29th just a year ago.
“City Limits is a year-long, multi-media civic engagement project that examines poverty in Syracuse,” says Joseph Lee, WAER director and general manager. “It blends reporting, storytelling and community convening to spark a dialogue among individuals, organizations and community constituencies to help increase understanding of the problem and explore solutions aimed at reducing poverty in our city.”
From food insecurity, to economic development to affordable housing and more, each episode aims to challenge assumptions on poverty and highlights one of the many poverty-related issues in Syracuse, according to Lee.
The podcast series is available to listen to online at citylimitsproject.org.
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