"We started getting these letters."
A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us the frugal reality of life on the social safety net.
New data suggests America's expanded safety net has been crucial to reducing poverty over time.
People in underserved communities want better food. They just can't afford it.
The awkward ethics of a Walmart food drive.
The problem with increasing health-oriented restrictions on what can be purchased.
Stimulus spending that boosted benefits runs out on November 1.
Where Americans depend the most on federal spending.
And the whole concept of legislating by ridiculous anecdote.
Meet the new geography of poverty.
An innovative program aimed at getting more fruits and veggies to the poor is set to debut this summer in Detroit.
Breaking down the country by income, inequality, poverty and education.