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Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Atlanta’s city council passed a controversial bill in August banning panhandling within a “tourist triangle” that covers most of the central business district. Members of the faith-based Open Door Community and other advocates for the homeless strenuously opposed the bill, linking it to the 1950s “Negro Removal” policy pursued by an earlier incarnation of Central Atlanta Progress, the pro-business sponsor of the bill.
Mind the Gap
Two recent reports examining global economic inequality emphasize the need for substantive economic policy changes. “The Inequality Predicament,” published by the United Nations, warns that growing “economic and social inequality will continue to breed violence and terror if the trend is not reversed.” The World Bank’s “Equity and Development” report states that redistribution of wealth, along with incentives for economic growth, is necessary for reducing global poverty.