The Politics of Public Housing

Thursday, August 09, 2007

We continue our look at New York's public housing developments with three guests: City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, (D-2nd) representing the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Manhattan Institute's Julia Vitullo-Martin, director of the Center for Rethinking Development, and David Jones, president and CEO of The Community Service Society (CSS).


David Jones, Rosie Mendez and Julia Vitullo-Martin

Comments [6]

Jim from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

I didn't mean to that suggest that everything works great in Chicago, but what I didn't get to say on the show was that there were extensive studies done on the participants of the Gautreaux program that showed that the children who moved into working class suburbs had significantly higher rates of high school graduation, gainful employment, and non-incarceration. I agree with one of the posters above, however, who says that there is no reason it needs to be an either or proposition. We should develop the ghetto and offer housing mobility BOTH.

Aug. 09 2007 12:01 PM
Chicago Listener

public housing residents in chicago were used for years to prop up lousy aldermen (local gov't reps). this year, the first election year after thousands of residents were moved out, saw those same aldermen get bounced from office in favor of fresh faces and voices.

so, poor people are pawns. now they are pawns in the south suburbs.

fix the schools so people can rise out of poverty. health care...mental health, etc.

Aug. 09 2007 11:29 AM
keith from midtown(work), Brooklyn (home)

The only reason that any candidates are even discussing this very important subject is because John Edward brought it up. He has been the only person in a decade to make poor people a priority.

Besides, this is big enough of a problem either Edwards' proposal or Obama's could be helpful. I doesn't have to be "Either Or".

Aug. 09 2007 11:25 AM
Chicago Listener

not only are poor, mainly black, people being moved out of chicago and into the suburbs, they are being moved into depressed suburbs with no jobs, no tax base, and with their own problems of corruption and crime. what should have happened over all those years is that people should have been on some path to ownership of their units so that whatever you paid earned you some share in the property.

Aug. 09 2007 11:21 AM
jordan from nyc

The difference between Obama and Edwards is someone who has worked in public housing, and knows people who live there.

Why don't you say Edwards is "naive", "inexperienced" and should "watch what he says" on this issue?

Aug. 09 2007 11:13 AM
RC from Cars in public housing parking spots

I have noticed when I walk past public housing projects, particularly at the housing projects on 1st Ave and the low to mid 90s CARS, including those infamous SUV's in what appears to be parking spots.

I have also noticed the same thing at the housing projects between 8th and 9th avenue in the 20s.

I have nothing against people owning cars in Manhattan, but it begs the question... How can you afford to own a car, pay insurance, gasoline etc.. if you are in such a dire economic situation that you need to live in a government subsidized housing project?

Aug. 09 2007 10:46 AM

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