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Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

D. Bradford Hunt

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


Urban Renewal and the Rise of Cabrini-Green

Lawrence J. Vale

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226012315
eISBN:
9780226012599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226012599.003.0094
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the development of the Cabrini-Green neighborhood in Chicago. During the postwar period, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) moved to clear additional land to expand the Cabrini ... More


Bringing the Gold Coast to the Slum: Cabrini-Green’s Redevelopment and the Litigation of Inclusion

Lawrence J. Vale

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226012315
eISBN:
9780226012599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226012599.003.0119
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses the redevelopment efforts being made in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood. The birth of the HOPE VI program became a turning point in Cabrini-Green’s fate. It became a symbol ... More


Building the Chicago Housing Authority

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The reformers who wrote the Housing Act of 1937 soon took the helm of the new United States Housing Authority to implement their handiwork. Nathan Straus, a housing reformer who built one of the ... More


New Institutions for a New Governing Agenda

Joel Rast

in The Origins of the Dual City: Housing, Race, and Redevelopment in Twentieth-Century Chicago

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226661445
eISBN:
9780226661612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226661612.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter focuses on the push for institutional change that accompanied the shift from the paradigm of privatism to that of public-private redevelopment partnerships in mid-twentieth century ... More


A Decent Place to Live: The Postwar Housing Shortage

Jeffrey Helgeson

in Crucibles of Black Empowerment: Chicago’s Neighborhood Politics from the New Deal to Harold Washington

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226130699
eISBN:
9780226130729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226130729.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

The next two chapters (Ch. 4 and 5) examine black Chicagoans’ struggles to win access to the unevenly distributed benefits of the postwar economic boom. This chapter shifts attention from the battles ... More


The Gautreaux Case and the Limits of Judicial Activism

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Even before Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) chairman Charles Swibel earned the enmity of Chicago reformers in the 1970s, African American activists had joined with public interest lawyers to ... More


The Loss of the Working Class

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the decades following World War II, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) underwent a dramatic reversal in its tenant population. In 1948 it housed predominantly working-class, two-parent families, ... More


The Bulls as “Good Business”: The United Center and Redeveloping Chicago’s Near West Side

Sean Dinces

in Bulls Markets: Chicago's Basketball Business and the New Inequality

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226583211
eISBN:
9780226583358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226583358.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 3 chronicles the Chicago Bulls' efforts to navigate the neighborhood politics involved in constructing the United Center during the late 1980s and early 1990s in the northwestern part of the ... More


Planning a Social Disaster

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

During the protracted battle between the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and Washington over designs in the 1950s, officials rarely offered precise rationales for their objections to high-rises as a ... More


Clearing Chicago's Slums

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Between 1945 and 1966, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) built 23,400 apartments for low-income families, nearly all in African American neighborhoods. The city's most problematic projects took ... More


Designing High-Rise Disasters

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For many, the failure of public housing in Chicago and elsewhere can be blamed on its architecture, especially the stark elevator buildings built from the late 1940s on. Few defended these designs, ... More


The end of Integration and the Taming of the CHA

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Had they been approved by the Chicago City Council in the early 1950s, public housing projects on vacant land would have introduced African Americans into white areas and helped in small ways to ... More


Reordering the City

Nicole Stelle Garnett

in Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124941
eISBN:
9780300155051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124941.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines reordering efforts in three cities that aim to undo each of the three kinds of order-construction endeavors undertaken in the postwar years. These include the plan of the ... More


The Long Road to Rebirth

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By the early 1980s the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), in a deep irony, had become a slumlord, with tenants at its large-scale projects enduring hostile surroundings. Inoperable elevators, erratic ... More


The Tenants Revolt

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The market failure ideology that shaped the worldview of public housing advocates in the 1930s encompassed not only the production of rental housing but also its ongoing management. Enlightened ... More


Conclusion the Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On August 1, 1998, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on Chicago's West Side to dedicate the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) newest project. ... More


What Went Wrong with Public Housing in Chicago?

in Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226360850
eISBN:
9780226360874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226360874.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the late 1980s, Chicago's largest public housing projects were in disarray. How did a well-intentioned New Deal program designed to clear the nation's urban slums and build decent housing for ... More


Contemporary Chicago Politics: Myth, Reality, and Neoliberalism

Larry Bennett

in Neoliberal Chicago

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040597
eISBN:
9780252099038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

What was once a descriptor—Chicago as the last major American city government governed by a political machine—has become a trope, an all-purpose means of explaining public policy aims, achievements, ... More


Building the Organization or Building the Community?: Community Development in a Time of Flexible Accumulation

John J. Betancur and Janet L. Smith

in Claiming Neighborhood: New Ways of Understanding Urban Change

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040504
eISBN:
9780252098949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines how community development can be caught in the trappings of flexible accumulation and even contribute to the displacement of the people it claims to represent. Focusing on the ... More


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