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Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods
by Dr. Lawrence J. Vale (Larry) '81
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Harvard University Press; 2002; 468 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: American Studies, History
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The author carries his readers through the rise, fall and redevelopment of three Boston public-housing projects in the 1980s and 1990s. Vale, professor of urban design and planning and head of the department of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores how battles over race and poverty played out differently in each of the cases, with drastically different results. Why, he asks, was one of the three efforts a rousing success, one only mediocre and one a failure? Reclaiming Public Housing examines each of the cases and questions the widespread current of thought that advises that all large public housing projects be demolished and rebuilt as mixed-income neighborhoods.