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Reclaiming public housing : a half century of struggle in three public neighborhoods

Author: Lawrence J Vale
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 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."
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vale, Lawrence J., 1959-
Reclaiming public housing.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606922578
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence J Vale
ISBN: 0674008987 9780674008984
OCLC Number: 49820873
Notes: "This book is intended as a companion volume to From the Puritans to the projects : public housing and public neighbors"--Preface.
Description: xiii, 482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: reclaiming public housing --
Public housing: critics and apologies --
Public neighborhoods --
Public housing as constructed communities --
The stigma of the projects --
Public housing transformations: public and private --
Public housing in Boston --
Pressures on public housing --
Three Boston public neighborhoods --
2. West Broadway: public housing for "lower-end" whites --
South Boston's lower end before public housing --
Public housing and South Boston's lower end, 1935-1965 --
The D Street wars --
Assaults on the project --
Assaults by the press --
The residents fight back --
The fight for redevelopment --
Success and distress --
3. Franklin Field: public housing, neighborhood abandonment, and racial transition --
Franklin Field's origins: the geography of marginality --
Housing Veterans on Franklin Field --
The long decline --
Lurching toward redevelopment --
The limits of redeveloped housing --
Accounting for failure --
4. Commonwealth: public housing and private opportunities --
Boston's "wild west": Brighton before public housing --
Public housing on Brighton's last farm --
Fidelis way, scourge of the neighborhood --
Redevelopment partnership: a three-way street --
Assessing "success" --
5. Reclaiming housing, recovering communities: a comparison of neighborhood struggles --
Trajectories of collapse --
Trajectories of redevelopment --
Seven kinds of success --
Expanding and applying the measures of success --
Recovering communities --
Signs of life?
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