Publication: Public Housing. Myths Perception, Reality, and Social Policy
Edited by Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Fritz Umbach, Lawrence J. Vale, Published by: Cornell University Press, Ithaca 2015
DATE: 4/2/2019
From the publisher:
"Popular opinion holds that public housing is a failure; so what more needs to be said about seventy-five years of dashed hopes and destructive policies? Over the past decade, however, historians and social scientists have quietly exploded the common wisdom about public housing. ´Public Housing Myths´ pulls together these fresh perspectives and unexpected findings into a single volume to provide an updated, panoramic view of public housing.With eleven chapters by prominent scholars, the collection not only covers a groundbreaking range of public housing issues transnationally but also does so in a revisionist and provocative manner. With students in mind, ´Public Housing Myths´ is organized thematically around popular preconceptions and myths about the policies surrounding big city public housing, the places themselves, and the people who call them home. The authors challenge narratives of inevitable decline, architectural determinism, and rampant criminality that have shaped earlier accounts and still dominate public perception."

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Cover by: Cornell University Press