JOUR 485 Brainstorm

I am looking into doing a story on Lynchburg City’s poverty rate. As of Dec. 5, according the the Liberty Champion, Lynchburg City is estimated to be at its highest poverty rate in recorded history. The U.S. Census Bureau has a “quick look” that currently places the poverty rate at 23.1 percent.

In December of 2014, the News & Advance did a story on Lynchburg needing to help the poverty rate, and they did another in December 2015. In 2014, it was 24 percent, in 2015 it was 22.6 percent, and now in 2016, according to the Champion, it’s all the way up to 24.7 percent.

If Lynchburg has been working on this since 2014, and they are well aware of the problems, why does it continue to go up?

I could talk to City Manager Bonnie Svrcek, Mayor Joan Foster and Marjette G. Upshur, director of economic development for Lynchburg city.

I don’t know what the deal is or if there is even a story to be found here, but I think it could be worth looking into. The city says it has been working hard to fix the poverty issues, but I wonder if there might be some serious underlying issues that are hindering them from success.

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