BUILDING A BETTER PUBLIC HOUSING POLICY (CQ POLITICS)
"For more than a decade, cities have been razing their aged and dilapidated public housing, replacing bleak mid-20th century structures that came to symbolize urban poverty with suburban-style communities designed for residents of all income levels.
Most high-rise projects — with the exception of those in New York — have been torn down. So have the worst of the vermin-infested, moldy garden apartments with broken plumbing and peeling lead paint.
Many of the demolished buildings were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s, during an earlier wave of rebuilding to replace urban slums. The theory behind the current wave of redevelopment is that simply supplanting squalid dwellings with new housing in the same location was a mistake. It’s better, the thinking goes, to disperse poor families who are dependent upon government-subsidized housing among those with higher incomes, instead of concentrating them in one place. That way, low-income Americans can take advantage of the opportunities and amenities that better-off households demand in their neighborhoods."
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