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A vendor pushes a hot dog cart at lunchtime in downtown Newark, N.J., on Feb. 15, 2008. (AP)

A vendor pushes a hot dog cart at lunchtime in downtown Newark, N.J., on Feb. 15, 2008. (AP)

Latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau — the rich-poor gap has grown in recession. U.S. median income, down. Poverty at an 11-year high.

The middle class and poor have taken the hit. Cities, the hardest hit. Big cities — Atlanta, Washington, New York — where inequality is greatest. And smaller cities — Flint, Cleveland, El Centro, California — with incomes at rock bottom and food stamps all over. City mayors know it.

This hour, On Point: We’ll talk with the mayor of Newark, New Jersey — Cory Booker — and of Washington, D.C. — Adrian Fenty — about cities surviving in the great recession.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Elected in 2006, he is the primary figure in a new documentary called “Brick City,” about Newark’s struggle to remake itself. It aired last week on the Sundance Channel.

Adrian Fenty, mayor of the District of Columbia. He was elected in 2006.

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