A new study looks at four decades of census data from more than 100 of the country's biggest metropolitan areas. Researchers from Brown and Stanford University examined shifting family income levels within individual neighborhoods. They found that in the past 40 years, neighborhoods have shifted, creating larger areas of affluence and larger areas of poverty as middle-income neighborhoods shrink.
Jane Kolodinsky, chair of the community development and applied economics department at the University of Vermont, discusses why this is happening, and what it means for the American dream. Judy Meister is a Takeaway listener who works as a recruiter for a local college in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Meister's husband is a postal worker, and she says the couple worries about being able to retire.