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Suburban Poverty in Atlanta: A Conversation with Rebecca Burns

When many of us think of Cobb County, we think of the quintessential suburb: a place where middle-class families can find affordable housing and a good education for their children.

But between the years 2000 and 2010, Cobb County’s poverty rate doubled. And as Rebecca Burns writes in a recent article in Politico, the problems in Cobb are indicative of those in counties throughout Atlanta, and in other American cities, as well.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney sat down to talk with Burns. She began with the question: Why focus on Cobb?

Radio Edit:

Broadcast version of story that aired on May 27, 2014

  Extended edit:

Extended version of Kate Sweeney's interview with Rebecca Burns on poverty in Atlanta's suburbs

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