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Integrating the Inner CityThe Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation$
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Robert J. Chaskin and Mark L. Joseph

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226164397

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226303901.001.0001

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The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation

The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation

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Integrating the Inner City

Robert J. Chaskin

Mark L. Joseph

University of Chicago Press

In this final chapter, we draw some broad conclusions about mixed-income public housing reform in Chicago, explore what they suggest regarding the promise and perils of this approach as a response to concentrated urban poverty, and outline some of the implications of these findings for both policy and practice. While we have documented the physical transformation, emergent economic revitalization, and improved safety and stability in the targeted areas, we conclude that the Plan for Transformation has thus far fallen considerably short of its social goals of breaking down the barriers that have isolated public housing residents in disadvantage and integrating them into the physical, social, and economic fabric of the city. We briefly review the evidence regarding the effect of poverty deconcentration policies, through both dispersal and development, on their integrationist goals and anticipated outcomes for the poor and discuss some of the reasons for these outcomes in the context of mixed-income public housing reform. We then outline some of the implications and potential responses that might inform future phases of current efforts as well as future policy and implementation orientations toward housing policy and addressing urban poverty more broadly.

Keywords:   poverty deconcentration, public housing reform, dispersal, mixed-income development, integrationist goals, housing policy, urban poverty

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