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The Next America | Economy

Michigan as Midwest Silicon Valley?

Immigration is considered "part of the solution for our economic rebirth," says the director of Global Detroit, a group that's working to revitalize the region.

Support Yourself and a Kid on $7,600 a Year?

That's the financial reality for 20 million Americans who live in deep poverty, an Urban Institute report indicates.

Retire on $120 Grand? How About $30K?

Households of color approaching their golden years have socked away about a quarter of what white households have banked.

Gentrification Threatening U.S. Chinatowns

Roundup: Analysis of decline in New York City, Bosto, and Philadelphia shows need for more low-income and senior housing, and small-business subsidies.

Mapping How Gentrification Is Changing Halloween in D.C.

Tonight, in the newly-gentrified neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Logan Circle and Near Southeast, one is more likely to see young professionals in costume than children. 

Ethnically Diverse Richmond, Calif., Worries Wall Street

Roundup: Why the City Council voted for an eminent domain plan to protect distressed homeowners.

About the Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch,” explaining the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America.