Say poverty in the Philadelphia area, and it conjures images of North Philadelphia or Kensington, not the suburbs.
But the suburbs on both sides of the Delaware River are becoming steadily poorer, part of a national trend that confounds long-held beliefs that life is always better in greener pastures beyond urban limits.
“People have this cliched notion of poverty being based in the inner city,” said Adele LaTourette, director of the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, which has offices in Trenton and North Jersey. “But it’s been moving into suburbia for some time.
“No one wants to think that their neighbors are becoming poor.”