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Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities

Lawrence J. Vale


The building and management of public housing is often seen as a signal failure of American public policy, but this is a vastly oversimplified view. This book offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.” In the 1930s, two iconic American cities, Atlanta and Chicago, demolished their slums and established some of this country’s first public housing. Six decades later, these same cities also led the way in clearing public housing itself. This history of these “twice-cleared” communities provides detail about the development, decline, and redevelopment o ... More

Keywords: public housing, American public policy, Atlanta, Chicago, slums, housing projects, Cabrini-Green, Techwood, Clark Howell Homes, architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226012315
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226012599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence J. Vale, author