By Sudhir Venkatesh, William Julius Wilson
High-rise public housing advancements have been signature beneficial properties of the post–World struggle II urban. A hopeful scan in delivering transitority, low-cost housing for all american citizens, the "projects" quickly turned synonymous with the black city negative, with isolation and overcrowding, with medicinal drugs, gang violence, and overlook. 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 legacy. according to approximately a decade of fieldwork in Chicago's Robert Taylor houses, American venture is the 1st accomplished tale of way of life in an American public housing complicated. Venkatesh attracts on his relationships with tenants, gang contributors, law enforcement officials, and native firms to provide an intimate portrait of an inner-city neighborhood that reporters and the general public have simply 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 providers from an detached urban paperwork, their day-by-day war of words 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 undertaking explores the elemental query of what makes a group doable. In his chronicle of tenants' political and private struggles to create an honest position to reside, Venkatesh brings us to the guts of the subject. (20010114)
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Extra info for American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto
Even then, tenants differentiated themselves in the more particular and personal terms of their speci~c _oor or building. 45 The institutions that make up the Ex a m state are forever concerned with managing space, planning and re-zoning, ef~cient and rational usage of territories, and so on. Their logic—that of “abstract space”—runs counter to that of the people who live in the space and who may value a particular territory for reasons that have little to do with its planning or economic development potential, but that have more to do with their connectedness to it.
However, in practice, Copyright © 2000 The President and Fellows of Harvard College A P l a c e t o C a l l H o m e Η 3 5 Co py tenants recall that elections were not ubiquitous, and the process of determining membership was not systematic. Not all tenants participated or perceived the councils to be an important collective voice. In any building, a tenant might be self-appointed as a council president or appointed informally by other tenants or by a CHA staffer who had observed her leadership in other venues; residents typically volunteered to be _oor representatives, but they may also have been chosen by the existing council president.
Only by sharing common circumstances and challenges, and confronting similar representations in the media and popular discourse—most of which were negative—did the housing development create its own identities. Even then, tenants differentiated themselves in the more particular and personal terms of their speci~c _oor or building. 45 The institutions that make up the Ex a m state are forever concerned with managing space, planning and re-zoning, ef~cient and rational usage of territories, and so on.
American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto by Sudhir Venkatesh, William Julius Wilson