By Sudhir Venkatesh, William Julius Wilson
High-rise public housing advancements have been signature good points of the post–World warfare II urban. A hopeful scan in delivering transitority, reasonably cheap housing for all americans, the "projects" quickly grew to become synonymous with the black city bad, with isolation and overcrowding, with medicinal drugs, gang violence, and forget. because the wrecking ball brings down a few of these concrete monoliths, Sudhir Venkatesh seeks to reexamine public housing from the interior out, and to salvage its bothered legacy. in keeping with approximately a decade of fieldwork in Chicago's Robert Taylor houses, American undertaking is the 1st complete tale of everyday life in an American public housing advanced. Venkatesh attracts on his relationships with tenants, gang contributors, law enforcement officials, and native firms to provide an intimate portrait of an inner-city group that reporters and the general public have basically considered from a distance. demanding the normal suggestion of public housing as a failure, this startling publication re-creates tenants' thirty-year attempt to construct a secure and safe local: their political battles for companies from an detached urban forms, their day-by-day disagreement with entrenched poverty, their painful judgements approximately even if to paintings with or opposed to the road gangs whose drug dealing either sustained and imperiled their lives. American venture explores the elemental query of what makes a neighborhood workable. In his chronicle of tenants' political and private struggles to create a good position to stay, Venkatesh brings us to the center of the topic. (20010114)
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Extra resources for American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto
Meanwhile, they would live next door to their poorer brethren who were struggling to ~nd jobs and to make their ~rst step toward personal independence. When the Robert Taylor Homes opened in 1962 and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley welcomed the ~rst tenant, James Weston, on March 5, faith in the power of public housing seemed justi~ed. The Copyright © 2000 The President and Fellows of Harvard College 1 4 A M E R I C A N P R O J E C T Co py construction of the housing development along South State St.
Organized on the basis of neighboring _oors and buildings, these support networks re_ected the layout of the physical territory. That is, the cooperative practices fostered intimate association among those residing in a particular building or among a set of two or three buildings that bordered one another. ” In general, however, the social networks in Robert Taylor could be loosely differentiated in terms of the buildings themselves, which were numbered by their placement either on Main St. or on Elm St.
Mayor Daley’s successful construction of a freeway next to the housing development effectively cut off tenants from the wealth of services in the neighboring white working-class communities to the west. This physical barrier was an obstacle second only to the racism and harassment of blacks by the predominantly Irish population who lived there. In these circumstances, despite tenant optimism, Robert Taylor provided facilities and programs inadequate to meet the social and recreational demands of its children and young adults.
American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto by Sudhir Venkatesh, William Julius Wilson