Safia Samee Ali’s recent piece for NBC News captures the challenges confronting low-income residents of cities today. Factors, such as gentrification and rising rents, push families out of their homes and neighborhoods in cities. At the same time many of the suburban destinations awaiting ¬†families leaving the city do not necessarily foster access to greater opportunity.

Stories from residents of Chicago and Seattle capture the complex realities reshaping settlement patterns in metropolitan America and the shifting geography of poverty.

Written by Scott W. Allard