Reclaiming Public Housing
A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods
By (author) Lawrence J. Vale
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Reclaiming Public Housing by Lawrence J. Vale
Book DescriptionIn "Reclaiming Public Housing", Lawrence Vale explores the rise, fall and redevelopment of three public housing projects in Boston. Vale looks at these projects from the perspectives of their low-income residents and assesses the contributions of the design professionals who helped to transform these once devastated places during the 1980s and 1990s. The three similarly designed projects were built at the same time under the same government program and experienced similar declines. Each received comparable funding for redevelopment, and each design team consisted of first-rate professionals who responded with similar "defensible space" redesign plans. Why, then, was one redevelopment effort a nationally touted success story, another only a mixed success, and the third a widely acknowledged failure? The book answers this key question by situating each effort in the context of specific neighbourhood struggles. In each case, battles over race and poverty played out somewhat differently, yielding wildly different results. At a moment when local city officials throughout America are demolishing more than 100,000 units of low-income housing, this crucial book questions the conventional wisdom that all large public housing projects must be demolished and rebuilt as mixed-income neighbourhoods.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674008984
(229mm x 162mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lawrence J. Vale
Public Housing Myths, Paperback (March 2015)
Popular opinion holds that public housing is a failure. Over the past decade, however, historians and social scientists have quietly exploded the common wisdom about public housing. This volume provides an updated, panoramic view of public housing.
Purging the Poorest, Paperback (June 2013)
Offers a narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the "deserving poor." This title offers the novel concept of "design politics" to show how issues of architecture and urbanism are intimately bound up in thinking about policy.
Architecture, Power and National Identity, Paperback (April 2008)» View all books by Lawrence J. Vale
Looking through the lenses of culture and politics, this book reveals the intersecting relationship between the design of international capitals and the prominent roles they play in the assertion of national identity.
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Author Biography - Lawrence J. Vale
Lawrence J. Vale is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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