New Deal Ruins Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy

ISBN-10: 0801478286
ISBN-13: 9780801478284
Edition: 2013
Authors: Edward G. Goetz
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Public housing was an integral part of the New Deal, as the federal government funded public works to generate economic activity and offer material support to families made destitute by the Great Depression, and it remained a major element of urban policy in subsequent decades. As chronicled in New Deal Ruins, however, housing policy since the 1990s has turned to the demolition of public housing in favor of subsidized units in mixed-income communities and the use of tenant-based vouchers rather than direct housing subsidies. While these policies, articulated in the HOPE VI program begun in 1992, aimed to improve the social and economic conditions of urban residents, the results have been quite different. As Edward G. Goetz shows, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and there has been a loss of more than 250,000 permanently affordable residential units. Goetz offers a critical analysis of the nationwide effort to dismantle public housing by focusing on the impact of policy changes in three cities: Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans.Goetz shows how this transformation is related to pressures of gentrification and the enduring influence of race in American cities. African Americans have been disproportionately affected by this policy shift; it is the cities in which public housing is most closely identified with minorities that have been the most aggressive in removing units. Goetz convincingly refutes myths about the supposed failure of public housing. He offers an evidence-based argument for renewed investment in public housing to accompany housing choice initiatives as a model for innovative and equitable housing policy.

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Public Housing and Urban Planning Orthodoxy
The Quiet Successes and Loud Failures of Public Housing
Dismantling Public Housing
Demolition in Chicago, New Orleans, and Atlanta
"Negro Removal" Revisited
The Fate of Displaced Persons and Families
Effects and Prospects in Revitalized Communities
Conclusion: The Future of Public Housing
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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