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Rich and Poor

November 06, 1987

A brief analysis of "The Split Between Rich and Poor" (Metro, Oct. 27) reveals a disturbing statistic.

The average household income of the 10 richest areas in Los Angeles increased 51% over the eight year period 1979-1987, while the average for the poorest 10 areas increased just 32% ("The rich get richer . . . ").

The current concerns over an impending recession may be well founded if the benefits of our current boom are not shared by all. One is tempted to ask Supply Siders, "How long does it take for prosperity to 'trickle down' to the lowest rungs of the economic ladder, if ever?"

GENE COSTIN

Los Angeles

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