Monica Potts

Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.

Recent Articles

Smoking While Pregnant Now a Crime?

A Florida woman ordered by a court to stay on bed rest in a hospital she wanted to leave is still waiting for a ruling on her appeal. Samantha Burton had a miscarriage three days after a judge ordered her to remain at the hospital. But the Associated Press updated the story with the new information that Burton smoked during the first six months of her pregnancy and the doctor had told her to stop.

Exercising and Transportation Policy.

It doesn't take much exercise to maintain health. Several studies have shown that, and the newest is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It found that women who walked at a moderate pace through middle age were healthier in their post-70 years, and women who walked at a brisk pace regularly had even more benefits.

Giving Parents Information on Food.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that parents choose meals with fewer calories for their children when calories are posted on the menus.

The study found the meals parents chose when given calorie information had about 20 percent fewer calories than those chosen when parents were not presented with calorie information on the menu.

Walking Away From Bad Debts.

Two gigantic real estate companies, Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock Realty, that bought the last sizable chunk of middle-class housing in Manhattan are walking away from the failed project and turning the properties over to their creditors:

Poverty on the Rise in Suburbs.

The Brookings Institution released a new report this week finding that poverty rose fastest in 2008 in suburbs, particularly in suburban and urban areas in the midwest. It also found that more Americans are now low-income, hovering just above the poverty line.