Public Housing

January 5, 2012, 5am PST
Low-income residents of the Upper 9th Ward in New Orleans have lived alongside a potentially lethal legacy of federal policy decisions -- and on top of a 95-acre municipal dump.
City Limits
October 21, 2011, 11am PDT
Allison Arieff explodes the unspoken myth that public housing must look cheap and unattractive, citing some stellar examples of affordable design.
The Atlantic Cities
October 17, 2011, 9am PDT
New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea says that the city's own parking minimums are making it difficult to make public housing sites more mixed-use, mixed-income and financially sustainable.
September 30, 2011, 2pm PDT
La Lignon, a massive 2,780 unit housing project, was built hastily in the 70s in Switzerland to help manage a massive housing crisis. Today, some people call it home and others call it "a monster."
The New York Times
August 5, 2011, 5am PDT
With great success, the city is on a fast track to transform six Great Depression-era public housing projects - totaling 4,000 units - into mixed-income housing. "People will be watching New Orleans closely," observes Linda Couch.
USA Today
January 10, 2011, 12pm PST
A new documentary promises to reveal the stories of the people who lived in the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing complex. The filmmakers promise to "implode myths" about this symbol of failed urban renewal policy.
December 24, 2010, 5am PST
Public housing remains one of the major dysfunctional elements in U.S. welfare policy. But in Atlanta, one innovative administrator is changing the game.
City Journal
December 2, 2010, 2pm PST
Dehumanizing urban renewal-era public housing developments across North America are being replaced by mixed-use, mixed income neighborhoods with affordable housing. Yet in Regent Park, Toronto at least, many troubling social problems remain.
The Globe and Mail
November 11, 2010, 8am PST
Howard Husock catalogs the accomplishments of Renee Glover, the controversial leader of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
The Washington Times
October 25, 2010, 7am PDT
Across the country, federal funding is unable to keep up with repair costs, forcing some municipalities to cut units from their programs.
The New York Times
September 24, 2010, 11am PDT
Neal Pierce argues that retiring Mayor Daley's achievements in Chicago "stand out as beacons for mayors, American and worldwide, to emulate." He attributes some of his success to sheer political skill, but also examines seven effective policy shifts.
Blog post
April 25, 2010, 2pm PDT
Does the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) decision to tear down Prospect Plaza, a high rise development in Brownsville Brooklyn, portend the demise of public housing in New York City as we know it?
Lance Freeman
February 23, 2010, 11am PST
The Cabrini-Green Housing Projects in Chicago, Illinois were some of the worst examples of the public housing towers era. This stop motion video captures the demolition of one of the last buildings left in the redevelopment process.
February 21, 2010, 9am PST
The Jordan Downs public housing complex in Watts, California is a perfect example of the failed projects of built mid-century. A new proposal would tear down the towers in favor of a mix of building styles connecting to the surrounding area.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 6, 2010, 1pm PST
Prospect Plaza, three public housing towers in Brooklyn, were vacated in 2003 for refurbishment. NYC has long renovated their public housing towers instead of tearing them down, so the announcement marks a major change for the city.
The New York Times
January 18, 2010, 10am PST
In this paper, Gustavo Rivera Jr. (Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago) evaluates the economic and sociocultural impact of recently developed public housing estates within the favelas of Belo Horizonte.
The Urban Reinventors Online Urban Journal
December 10, 2009, 5am PST
The New York City Housing Authority has come under fire because thousands of affordable rental units are sitting vacant, some for years at a time.
The New York Times
November 22, 2009, 7am PST
Photographer Michael Wolf visited Hong Kong's oldest public housing estate, and photographed 100 of the 100 ft. square rooms in the building.
Michael Wolf Photography
March 20, 2009, 11am PDT
Robin Hood Gardens is a 70s era, Brutalist public housing complex. Preservationists say it is historic; the government wants to tear it down. Reporter Nicolai Ouroussoff pays the project a visit to determine for himself.
The New York Times
March 18, 2009, 11am PDT
Records show that there have been about 300 injuries related to faulty New York public housing elevators since 2001. Ironically, a problem stemming from chronic underfunding has cost the Housing Authority $3.5 million in settlements over six years.
The New York Times