Today, many of us are waving flags and watching fireworks made in China and eating food from Idaho, Iowa, North Dakota and Florida.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? Because on this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays is being marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across Patch communities and the country. Here are some interesting statistics about the holiday, complied by the United States Census Bureau. Number of Americans Celebrating 2.5 million in July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html 311.7 million in July 2011, the nation's …
The Brookings Institution includes Wheaton, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, St. Charles and Batavia in its study, "Strained Suburbs."
Poverty is somewhere else. In the city, that's where poverty is. So, at least, suburban residents have thought. But a recent study shows that poverty's coils are wrapping around the suburbs, too. And the squeeze is on. "Strained Suburbs,'' a report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, examines the growth of poverty between 2000 and 2008 in suburbs near Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D. C. "We chose to do this study because recent census data indicates poverty in suburbs is growing at a much faster rate than in cities,'' Scott Allard, the report's co-author, said in a video accompanying the report. Allard is an associate professor at the University of Chicago. "What was surprising was the kind of people …