By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Feb 02, 2016 at 5:03 PM Photography: Brendan O'Brien

Matthew Desmond works in one of those "professor-like" offices at Harvard, but he’s really at home in Milwaukee and Madison.

Desmond got his doctorate at UW-Madison and has used Milwaukee as a laboratory for his groundbreaking work on poverty and the relationship to eviction from homes for poor people.

He has written extensively on the subject and has now written an article for The New Yorker magazine entitled, "Forced Out."

"For many poor Americans, eviction never ends," the subhead reads, as the article focuses on Milwaukee and paints a vivid and human picture of another troubling challenge faced by poor people in Milwaukee. Later in the piece, Desmond talks about what led to his research in Milwaukee.

"Between 2009 and 2011, more than one in eight Milwaukee renters were displaced involuntarily," Desmond writes, "whether by formal or informal eviction, landlord foreclosure, or building condemnation."

You can read the rest of Desmond’s New Yorker article here.


Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

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