Multcolib Everybody Reads 2014: Life in public housing
Annotation:The author immerses readers in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamor, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society.
Annotation:For sixty years, federal policy has attempted with little success to solve the problems of housing and poverty in America's inner cities. Yet increasingly, local organizations are picking up where Washington has left off. In a series of dramatic and colorful narratives, von Hoffman shows howthese groups are revitalizing once desperate neighborhoods in five major cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
Annotation:Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, 'the poor man's penthouse.' Two decades later, it ended in rubble, its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called the death of modernism.
Annotation:Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work "Freakonomics," describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-selling trade.
Annotation:A hopeful experiment in providing temporary, inexpensive housing for all Americans, "the projects" soon became synonymous with the black urban poor, with isolation and overcrowding, with drugs, gang violence, and neglect. As the wrecking ball brings down some of these concrete monoliths, Sudhir Venkatesh seeks to reexamine public housing from the inside out, and to salvage its troubled legacy.
Annotation:Hosted by website Narratively, Rico “Superbizzee” Washington and Shino Yanagawa document the memories of people who grew up in the projects.
Annotation:Kozol follows the fortunes of people he met decades ago (and wrote about in Savage Inequalities) in a squalid Manhattan welfare hotel and in the South Bronx's Mott Haven ghetto.
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Millions of families of limited means have had the experience of living in public housing. The effort to improve housing conditions, which started when large numbers of immigrants began to stream into America's large cities, had complex and often unforeseen impacts on those who live in "the projects". Explore the history and current state of public housing through this list.