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Robert Ashford Addresses Syracuse Poverty in The Daily Orange

Posted on Thursday 11/29/2018
Robert Ashford

5 ZIP codes in Syracuse are among most economically distressed in US

(The Daily Orange | Nov. 28, 2018) Several communities in downtown Syracuse ranked 90 or above in levels of economic distress, on a scale from 0 to 100, nationally from 2012 to 2016, according to a report by the Economic Innovation Group.

The report, which was released last month, assessed the levels of economic well-being of United States ZIP codes. It included a measurement that combined seven factors: adults without a high school diploma, adults not working, poverty rate, housing vacancy rates, median income ratios, changes in employment and changes in business establishments.

Scores revealed that the same central New York communities have remained distressed, and worsened, when compared to data from 2007 to 2011. Based on ZIP codes, five neighborhoods in downtown Syracuse have distress scores higher than 90: 13202, 13203, 13205, 13208 and 13210. ZIP code 13202 had the highest distress score at 98.4 and ranked No. 6 in the state’s overall distress rank. ZIP code 13210 includes the University Hill area.

Robert Ashford, a Syracuse University College of Law professor, said the report brought necessary attention to the persistent problem of economic distress in the area. The fact that the distress continues to be unevenly distributed along socioeconomic, racial and geographic lines, made worse by unequal educational and other economic opportunities, is also an important takeaway from the report, he added ...

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