By D. Bradford Hunt
Now thought of a dysfunctional mess, Chicago’s public housing initiatives as soon as had lengthy ready lists of would-be citizens hoping to depart the slums in the back of. So what went unsuitable? to reply to this advanced query, D. Bradford Hunt lines public housing’s historical past in Chicago from its New Deal roots via present mayor Richard M. Daley’s Plan for Transformation. within the procedure, he chronicles the Chicago Housing Authority’s personal transformation from the city’s such a lot innovative executive supplier to its greatest slumlord.
difficult factors that characteristic the tasks’ decline primarily to racial discrimination and genuine property pursuits, Hunt argues that well-intentioned yet inaccurate coverage decisions—ranging from layout offerings to upkeep contracts—also paved the line to failure. additionally, directors who absolutely understood the capability drawbacks didn't attempt to halt such deeply mistaken initiatives as Cabrini-Green and the Robert Taylor houses. those tremendous high-rise complexes housed extraordinary numbers of youngsters yet really few adults, engendering disease that driven out the operating classification and, therefore, the rents had to retain the structures. The ensuing blend of financial problem, managerial incompetence, and social unrest plunged the CHA right into a quagmire from which it's nonetheless suffering to emerge.
Blueprint for Disaster, then,is an pressing reminder of the havoc poorly conceived coverage can wreak on our so much weak citizens.
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Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (Historical Studies of Urban America) by D. Bradford Hunt