Multcolib Everybody Reads 2014: Life in public housing

Random Family
Random Family Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx By LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole Book - 2004 974.727 L445r 2004 Available in some locations

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.

House by House, Block by Block
House by House, Block by Block The Rebirth of America's Urban Neighborhoods By Von Hoffman, Alexander Book - 2003 307.3416 V946h 2003

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.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth DVD - 2012 DVD 363.50977866 PRUITTIGO Available in some locations

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.

Gang Leader for A Day
Gang Leader for A Day A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets By Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi Book - 2008 364.1066 V461g 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Climbing Mount Laurel
Climbing Mount Laurel The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in An American Suburb By Massey, Douglas S. eBook - 2013 Electronic book

Annotation:Mount Laurel has become synonymous with the debate over affordable housing policy designed to create economically integrated communities.

American Project
American Project The Rise and Fall of A Modern Ghetto By Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi Book - 2000 363.585 V461a 2000 Available in some locations

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.

From the Puritans to the Projects
From the Puritans to the Projects Public Housing and Public Neighbors By Vale, Lawrence J. Book - 2000 363.585 V149f 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:A detailed history of public housing in Boston, from colonial almshouses to the present.

Annotation:Hosted by website Narratively, Rico “Superbizzee” Washington and Shino Yanagawa document the memories of people who grew up in the projects.

Fire in the Ashes
Fire in the Ashes Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America By Kozol, Jonathan Book - 2012 362.77569 K889f 2012 Available in some locations

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.

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