I remember hearing about “the projects” when I was a child. I didn’t truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course—that understanding wouldn’t come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around African-American poverty, crime, and gangs; leaving me with the impression that it was a terrible, frightening place to live.
What I never learned about was how they came to be, or how different life was for the early tenants compared to what it eventually became. Continue reading “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen”
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