In CT, a Vast Divide Between Rich and Poor

And the opportunity gap is widening, NPR reports.


An article published this week on NPR.org juxtaposes the economic and social disparity between Bridgeport and Greenwich, and uses the comparison to argue that the American dream is a pie in the sky for most Americans.

Whereas many household incomes in towns like affluent Greenwich have soared in the past four decades, the average paycheck in communities like Bridgeport has barely grown, widening an opportunity gap that makes the rags-to-riches story a fantasy for many, the article states.

"Put simply, in today's America, the children of the rich will very likely get richer, poor kids will probably remain so, and those in the vast middle class will be challenged, even in two-income households, to just tread water," the article argues.

The December 2012 unemployment rate in Bridgeport was 11.7 percent, more than double that of Greenwich (5.4 percent) for the same month, according to statistics from the Connecticut Department of Labor. The national unemployment rate in December came in at 7.8 percent.

Bridgeport, a city plagued by nightly gunfire, abandoned buildings and graffiti scarred public housing, "is a world away from the half-dozen other affluent communities that line the Connecticut shoreline," including Greenwich, the article states.

That variance has led to a "profound alienation between residents of [Bridgeport] and the towns around it," the article argues. "The idea that Greenwich residents should feel somehow responsible, or even concerned, about the plight of 145,000 people in Bridgeport strikes many as odd -- if not absurd."

"I don't think of it at all," Karen Schiff told NPR as she left the Greenwich train station after a workday in New York. "I don't think I've ever even met someone from there. Maybe I drove through, I don't know."

Jeff January 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Leah, this piece of rubbish is an absolute disgrace and I hope it wasn't an attempt at journalism. Hopefully I wasn't the only person who saw through your disgusting attempt at pitting rich vs poor. The last paragraph of this piece was the give away. There isn't a moron alive who is going to take out of that paragraph what you were attempting to do and that's try to make it sound like a place like Bridgeport is only there for rich people to drive through. If you desire to be a journalist try doing some research such as the amount of money that comes out of a place like Greenwich in the form of charity and business/job creation and business with the purpose of helping the poor. Next research communities like Bridgeport and ask about some of the reasons why the poor remain poor such as drug/alcohol abuse, gangs, out of wedlock birth rates. You were very unoriginal Leah because the last 3-4 months all the liberal media has done is barrage the people with class warfare and since a large portion of the public are apathetic and ignorant they succeeded in getting an economic illiterate President reelected. When is it enough Leah? When will it be enough confiscation of the fruits of ones labor to be redistributed to those who didn't earn it? That's what it's all about now isn't it? And btw I'm a hard working "middle class" person trying to raise a hard working productive family. Any attempt to get me to fall for your scam fail miserably!


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