My University of Chicago SSA colleague Scott Allard has written a nice book called Out of Reach. It concerns the changing relationships between place and poverty, and the increasing suburbanization of poverty. He gave a nice interview on CSPAN Book TV. More here.

This is a critical issues in areas such as, well, where I live. The Chicago southland, which is an epicenter of these issues. Before I publish my own book, I hope Scott will explain how he got Brookings’ EJ Dionne and AEI’s Arthur Brooks to supply blurbs on the same book jacket.

PS. My title is perhaps poorly chosen for this post. Scott and I were talking suburban poverty this morning.Out of Reach is more broadly concerned with how well we connect the poor to the safety net.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.