There are lots of great things about living in a big city, but there are downsides, too, like garbage mountains, bottomless potholes and a yawning gulf between the rich and poor.
Income inequality is higher in big cities than in the rest of the country, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, a centrist think tank. The top 5 percent of households make 10.8 times the income of the bottom 20 percent in big cities, compared with 9.1 times in the rest of the country, by Brookings’ measure.
If inequality is the economic battle of our time, then our big cities are the front lines.
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