High Poverty rates lead to development of social cultures, which by necessity favor private survival needs over involvement in public affairs. This suggests that public features, such as schools, parks, sidewalks, streets and neighborhood businesses, will suffer from neglect due to pervasive poverty. Reduction in poverty rates is important because it helps households become self sufficient. Access to good jobs, good schools, and shopping does not occur in poor neighborhoods (McClure, 2008).
Sustainability Benefit: The drop in poverty rates between 1990 and 2000 compared to the sharp increase in income between 1990 and 2000 shows that the local economy is capable of lifting persons out of poverty.
Sustainability Issue: The poverty rate in 2010 was higher than it was in 1990 and 2000.