The Poorhouse

The Poorhouse

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Chicago seems an ideal environment for public housing because of the citya€™s relatively young age among major cities and well-deserved reputation for technology, innovation, and architecture. Yet The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago shows that the citya€™s experience on the whole has been a negative one, raising serious questions about the nature of subsidized housing and whether we should have it and, if so, in what form. Bowly, a native of the city, provides a detailed examination of subsidized housing in the nationa€™s third-largest city. Now in its second edition, The Poorhouse looks at the history of public housing and subsidized housing in Chicago from 1895 to the present day. Five new chapters that cover the decline and federal takeover of the Chicago Housing Authority, and its more recent a€œtransformation, a€ which involved the demolition of the CHA family high-rise buildings and in some cases their replacement with low-risemixed income housing on the same sites. Fifty new photos supplement this edition. Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society, 2013By the late 1970s, the CHA had about 30, 000 units for families as well as 10, 000 apartments for senior citizens. ... The elevator repairmen in Chicago were padding their time cards so that they were being paid for time spent at home or in aanbsp;...

Title:The Poorhouse
Author:Devereux Bowly
Publisher:SIU Press - 2012-07-05


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