Introducing the Missing Middle

Welcome to the Missing Middle, a new podcast that explores the changing economics of the American Dream, and how those changes affect the nation’s Middle Class.
This project will feature ideas, experiences, and trends that are transforming how we define the American Dream. The economy may be strong, but for a lot of people the Dream remains out of reach.
We will cover many of the things people associate with Middle Class life — stuff like jobs, education, housing, transportation — just about anything that hardworking folks use their time, talent, and treasure to secure for themselves and for their families. We’ll explore where people live and what they need to do to live there.
We will also talk about fairness, about opportunity, about access to the promised benefits of the American Dream. Many Americans have historically been denied those benefits because of their race, wealth, gender, sexual identity, or physical ability… And many still are.
Living costs are rising faster than wages, causing all sorts of people to find themselves in increasingly precarious circumstances. The resulting economic inequality is eroding the once-robust Middle Class that is the pillar of the American Dream.
The phrase “Missing Middle” is primarily used by Urban Planners to refer to the availability of local housing options for mid-income households. Cities with a missing middle see their growth compromised, and residents of all stripes experience a diminished quality of life. America – sometimes called the city on a hill – is facing a similar challenge.
In this podcast, the Middle Class and the American Dream are fundamentally interdependent: where one goes, the other will soon follow. But it’s not all doom-and-gloom! Each of these challenges has talented and energetic people striving toward a brighter future, and opportunities for new growth are multiplying. The traditional definition of the American Dream may be going away, but a new one is forming to take its place.
If all this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch by emailing here. Tell me: how do YOU define the American Dream? Write a note or record a voice memo to be included in a future episode. And thanks for reading. Tell me: how do YOU define the American Dream? Write a note or record a voice memo to be included in a future episode. And thanks for reading.

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