GOLDSBORO: ISOLATION AND MARGINALIZATION IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Goldsboro, a mid-sized city in Wayne County in eastern North Carolina, faces poverty challenges both historical and contemporary that are too commonly seen across much of the region. Traditionally divided along black and white racial lines, the city is in the process of being transformed by demographic changes, even as it wrestles with the consequences of two recent recessions and the economic transitions that swept the state in the early 2000s.
THE STATE OF THE SOUTH: BUILDING AN INFRASTRUCTURE OF OPPORTUNITY
The South has a contradictory economy, polarized politics, an anxious populace, a divided head and a conflicted heart. In much of today’s South, economic and demographic vibrancy exist side-by-side, as veritable next-door neighbors, with poverty, underemployment, educational disparities, and stagnant social mobility. The time-worn descriptions of Southern dichotomies— Old South vs. New South, affluent urban vs. poor rural—do not fully capture the complex set of challenges now facing Southern policy makers, civic and business leaders, and engaged citizens.