Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods
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Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods

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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.

The three similarly de...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published December 30th 2002 by Harvard University Press (first published 2002)
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This book is a careful attempt to answer the question of whether recent efforts to revitalize Boston public housing projects have been successful. It uses a case study approach and digs deep into 3 projects original construction and eventual rehabilitation during the 80s and 90s. Through the process we learn a detail history of these "public neighborhoods," and the policies that have shaped them.

This is not an "on the edge of you seat" book, but it does an excellent job of putting academic rigo...more
Candice Carr
Useful from this book:
Seven Kinds of Success, p. 378
1. Smooth implementation
2. Recognized design quality
3. Improved tenant-organization capacity
4. Enhanced maintenance and management performance
5. Improved security
6. Progress on socioeconomic development
7. Resident satisfaction

Mixed-Income ≠ Communitarian Housing, p 402-403
- "Communities in Recovery," p. 407
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