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PUBLIC HOUSING MYTHS: PERCEPTION, REALITY AND SOCIAL POLICY. Ed. by Nicolas Dagen Bloom et al. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2015. 294 pp. with 28 ills. 25 x 17 cm. LC 2014-29478 ISBN 9780801452048 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 164591. Publisher's description: Popular opinion holds that public housing is a failure; so what more needs to be said about seventy-five years of dashed hopes and destructive policies? Over the past decade, however, historians and social scientists have quietly exploded the common wisdom about public housing. Public Housing Myths pulls together these fresh perspectives and unexpected findings into a single volume to provide an updated, panoramic view of public housing. With eleven chapters by prominent scholars, the collection not only covers a groundbreaking range of public housing issues transnationally but also does so in a revisionist and provocative manner. With students in mind, Public Housing Myths is organized thematically around popular preconceptions and myths about the policies surrounding big city public housing, the places themselves, and the people who call them home. The authors challenge narratives of inevitable decline, architectural determinism, and rampant criminality that have shaped earlier accounts and still dominate public perception.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164590
Hardcover $69.95    

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