The Scariest Business Stories of 2011

By Venessa Wong - 2011-11-02T17:07:00Z

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Suburban Poverty

When: Ongoing
What: The poor population in America's suburbs has increased 53 percent since 2000, compared with a 26 percent rise in cities, reported The New York Times. The suburbs, once a symbol of upward mobility, now often reflect the country's economic dilemma, with increased poverty, high foreclosure rates, and a population burdened by high fuel costs.