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This City Eliminated Poverty, And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It


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On a December afternoon, Frances Amy Richardson took a break from her quilting class to reflect on a groundbreaking experiment she took part in 40 years earlier.“Well, that was quite a few years ago,” she said. “There was a lot of people that really benefitted from it.”Between 1974 and 1979, residents of a small Manitoba city were selected to be subjects in a project that ensured basic annual incomes for everyone. For five years, monthly checks were delivered to the poorest residents of Dauphin, Manitoba –- no strings attached.

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