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We were riveted by Andrea Elliot’s five-part investigative series in The New York Times, following a year in the life of Dasani, a homeless child in New York City. Though Elliot’s reporting focused on one 11-year-old girl and her family, the series makes clear that Dasani “belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America.”

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh-based artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm created some striking infographics that imagine what the NYC’s skyline would look like if building height were a direct reflection of a neighborhood’s net household wealth.

If Elliot’s 28,738 words left you wanting more, Flavorwire draws our attention to 10 nonfiction books that illuminate the reality of poverty.

Meanwhile, we learned that Harlem is about to get the largest free public WiFi network in the U.S., covering 95 blocks and connecting nearly 80,000 residents with opportunities to learn, communicate and participate in their community.

  • Dec. 6: Remembering Madiba, protecting consumers, a crisis in technology talent, the changing face of the AIDS epidemic.
  • Nov. 22: Obstacles to employment, online privacy, tackling poverty and social exclusion in Latin American cities.
  • Nov. 15: Sustaining civic engagement after Election Day, why the day laborer workforce is essential, wisdom from a 98-year-old activist.

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