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 - Eric - Goodreads
An important work of ethnography, American Project is both a history of how and why the Robert Taylor Homes came to be, how the choices made from the very beginning doomed the viability of the program ... Read full review
Review: American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern GhettoUser Review - Goodreads
While I thought it dry at times, and not nearly as fast a read as "Gang Leader For A Day" by the same author, this was a fascinatingly well researched book that really looked at the state of affairs ... Read full review
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