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The growing South’s growing rent problem

The South is growing in more ways than one. It's no mystery that inflation is causing increases in everything from milk to your rent. Three Southern cities were among cities with the highest increases in rents compared to last year.   Nationwide, the cost of a one-bedroom apartment is 19% more expensive than it was in November 2020, according [...]

By |2021-12-20T16:53:49-06:00December 20, 2021|Economy, Story, Uncategorized|

Alan Maimon on the origins of the opioid epidemic, lessons learned from Appalachia

The South has been hit hard over the last few decades by the opioid epidemic. 20 years ago, governments weren’t prepared. Police focused on shutting down marijuana growth, not the rapid spread of prescription drugs. Ground Zero for the spread of drugs like oxycontin may have been coal country in [...]

By |2021-12-11T15:28:22-06:00November 15, 2021|Economy, Health, Reckon Interview, The Conversation newsletter|

Why Black communities’ lack of parks is an environmental justice issue

Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged more than 20 months ago, green spaces in the nation’s cities have become valuable outdoor refuges, places to escape the tedium of life surrounded by four walls. As the science around how the disease spreads has become clearer, and the nation’s collective mental health plummeted [...]

By |2021-12-11T15:22:33-06:00October 21, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Health, Politics, Race, Story|

A child care crisis worsened in the pandemic. Meet the Southerners working to fix it.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Sylvester watched with growing concern as child care centers around her own center in Jackson, Miss. closed their doors – for good. “There was one center that was just down the street, the largest center in this area, which had been [...]

By |2021-12-11T15:22:57-06:00October 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|
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