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Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

D. Bradford Hunt


Now considered a dysfunctional mess, Chicago's public housing projects once had long waiting lists of would-be residents hoping to leave the slums behind. So what went wrong? To answer this complicated question, this book traces public housing's history in Chicago from its New Deal roots through current mayor Richard M. Daley's Plan for Transformation. In the process, it chronicles the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) own transformation from the city's most progressive government agency to its largest slumlord. Challenging explanations that attribute the projects' decline primarily to racial ... More

Keywords: Chicago, public housing, New Deal, Chicago Housing Authority, racial discrimination, real estate, social unrest, working class, Cabrini-Green, Robert Taylor Homes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226360850
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Bradford Hunt, author