High-rise public housing developments were signature features of the post-World War II city. 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.
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Review: American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern GhettoUser Review - Alger - Goodreads
This book marks the high point of Venkatesh's scholarship so far. It is also, unfortunately, his first effort. This volume is a readable description of a segment of American society that exists in ... Read full review
Review: American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern GhettoUser Review - Michael - Goodreads
Sleep-inducing academic prose, incisive analysis mixed in with boosterism, fascinating historical story that devolved into a boring analysis of insitutional power dynamics. A definite meh. Read full review
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