The 7 Most Infamous U.S. Public Housi...

The 7 Most Infamous U.S. Public Housing Projects

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Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#1 Apr 28, 2012
For decades American government’s efforts to house the poor have relied on the construction of subsidized housing plots more commonly known as “Projects.”

The term, originally used to describe the improvement projects city planners believed these developments would amount to, has instead become synonymous with inner-city blight and crime.

Today, urban legend, news reports and rap lyrics detail the deadening effects of concentrated poverty and misguided public policy that these “projects” have become.

7) Pruitt-Igoe, St. Louis MO

Designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who later designed the World Trade Center towers, Pruitt-Igoe was first occupied in 1954 but completed in 1956. Because Missouri public housing was racially segregated until 1956, the 33 11-story buildings were originally built to house segregated sects of young, middle-class whites and Blacks; but the projects became the home of mostly African American inhabitants as St. Louis’ white population fled for the suburbs.

Unlike most public housing plots, Pruitt-Igoe survived for only a short period of time. Critics say design failures, including “Skip-stop” elevators which only stopped at every three floors contributed to the downfall of the once heralded housing development. Reports of muggers waiting to rob residents in the stairwells as they trekked between elevator floors fueled high crime rates.

By 1971, Pruitt–Igoe housed only six hundred people in 17 of its original 33 buildings. That same year, federal authorities agreed to demolish parts of Pruitt-Igoe. By 1976, the rest of the Pruitt–Igoe was demolished.

6) Queensbridge Houses, Queens NY

The 3,142-unit Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the U.S. Located in the western part of the borough of Queens, the houses are technically two separate complexes (North and South Houses) that house nearly 7,000 people. Architects designed the collection of six-story buildings in a unique Y shape hoping to give residents more access to sunlight.

During the 1950s, a majority of Queensbridge residents were white. Since, they have become inhabited by predominantly African American and Latino families. Like many of the infamous housing projects, Queensbridge was the home to a host of notable hip-hop artists (Nas, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Roxanne Shante and Mobb Deep) who have detailed the housing project’s poverty-stricken conditions in their rhymes. Gun violence and a vibrant illegal drug-trade sum up their details of the harsh realities living in Queensbridge.

In 2005, Queensbridge made news after New York authorities raided the housing project to dismantle the infamous “Dream Team” drug syndicate.
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#2 Apr 28, 2012
5) Robert Taylor Homes, Chicago IL

Located in the Bronzeville neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago, the Robert Taylor Homes were at one time the largest public housing development in the country. Completed in 1962, the developments were named after Robert Taylor, the first Black student to enroll at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology back in 1888.

Composed of 24 16-story high-rises and a total of 4,415 units, the Robert Taylor Homes were once home to Mr. T, athletes Kirby Puckett and Maurice Cheeks, and the current governor of the state of Massachusetts Deval Patrick.

During its time, the Robert Taylor homes housed some of the poorest residents in the country. A 1999 article reported that 95 percent of the housing development’s 20,000 residents were unemployed and listed public assistance as their only income source. With such poverty, the Robert Taylor Homes recorded some of the highest rates of violent crime and gang activity in Chicago.

4) Jordan Downs, Watts CA

Originally constructed in the Watts section of Los Angeles as temporary housing for war workers during World War II, but converted to public housing in the early 1950s, the Jordan Downs Housing projects is one of the few public housing developments named after regular people (David Starr Jordan, and Samuel Elliot Downs, two of the area’s oldest residents).

What started as a partially integrated development in its early years, became majority African American by the mid-60s due to Los Angeles’ restrictive covenants and an influx of African Americans who continued to migrate west after the war. Since, Jordan Downs has become a microcosm of the ills of South Los Angeles. Police brutality and a lack of employment fueled a sense of hostility among African Americans living in Jordan Downs and throughout Watts. The world witnessed these social tensions during the 1965 Watts riots. Gang violence in the 80s and 90s highlighted the plight that still persists today.
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#3 Apr 28, 2012
3) Magnolia Projects, New Orleans LA

Officially named the C.J. Peete Projects, the Magnolia Projects were built in a part of Uptown New Orleans known as Central City.

When construction began in 1941, the development bordered Louisiana Ave., Magnolia Street, Washington Ave. and La Salle Street. Fourteen years later, the complex was expanded north six additional city blocks to Clara Street. Flint Goodridge Hospital, African American New Orleanians’ primary source for medical care from the time of Jim Crow until the 1980s when it closed, was located in Magnolia’s southwest corner.

Rife with all the urban blight consistent with many poor areas and public housing developments, Magnolia’s murder rate consistently ranks the highest of all the city’s public housing developments, a startling fact considering that New Orleans itself frequently has one of the highest murder rates in the nation.

The Dooney Boys, one of New Orleans’ largest street gangs, calls Magnolia its home. More notably, Magnolia has bred many of the south’s biggest hip-hop artists including Juvenile, Soulja Slim, and Jay Electronica.

2) Marcy Projects, Brooklyn NY

Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Marcy Houses or Marcy Projects were named after William L. Marcy, the 11th Governor of New York, who later served as the U.S. Secretary of War and U.S. Secretary of State. Its 1,705 apartments house more than 4,200 residents.

Known as the childhood home of rapper Jay-Z, Marcy ‘s infamous reputation has been documented in countless rap songs. Jay-Z ‘s “Murder Marcyville” was named to describe the development’s violent lure. And his “Where I’m From” track details the poverty and prevalence of gun violence and crack cocaine that consumed the housing development. In the song, Jay-Z raps “[I’m from...] Where you can’t put your vest away and say you’ll wear it tomorrow / Cause the day after we’ll be saying, damn I was just with him yesterday.”
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#4 Apr 28, 2012
1) Cabrini Green, Chicago IL

Originally named the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses after Frances S. Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, the public housing development on Chicago’s near North Side was bordered by Evergreen Ave. on the north, Orleans Street on the east, Chicago Ave. on the south, and Halsted Street on the west. Made up of 3,607 units at its peak, Cabrini Green housed more than 15,000 people.

After nearby factories closed in the 1950s leaving many of Cabrini Green’s working-class residents out of work, poverty and crime began infecting the development. Since, Cabrini Green’s poverty-stricken high crime conditions have been documented more than any of Chicago’s housing projects. USA Today described Cabrini Green as “a virtual war zone, the kind of place where little boys were gunned down on their way to school and little girls were sexually assaulted and left for dead in stairwells.”

In 2010, Chicago closed Cabrini Green.
hey now

Powell, OH

#5 Apr 28, 2012
So these projects are ranked by the greatest $ appreciation of the land and improvements? Or on the fiscal surplus these projects operate under? Or on the beautifal quality of life the residents experience?

You gotta love how the filthy progressives "concentrate" all of their race based benevolence.
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#6 Apr 28, 2012
Housing was made available to mostly those who always get stuff for free and do not care to take care of what is given them.

They expected others, as usual, to come in and take care of of them. A free lunch so to speak. It was a waste of money. Destroyed by those given free or reduced housing.

There are many people who own homes a hundred or so years old yet public housing buildings were destroyed after 15 to 20 years or so. Another Democrat socialist plan gone wrong.
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#7 Apr 28, 2012
The public housing projects were transformed into uninhabitable crime ridden slums, due to the actions of the occupants.

Most of them have been demolished, including the "Good Times" project in Chicago.

Why can't people see the reality of the failure of socialism in the USA?

“Don't trust the internet!”

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#8 Apr 28, 2012
Those projects are exemplars of a by-gone era. The discovery was that corralling a whole lot of poor people in a single high-density location tended to overwhelm community resources. Since the 1980s or so the trend was to fund either smaller "infill" housing on empty lots in neighborhoods, or to provide section 8 vouchers that were portable to any landlord willing to become approved.

Of course, these approaches have been difficult to implement due to NIMBY organizations that tend to be best organized in better resourced neighborhoods couple with a cultural proclivity for running away from poor folks--particularly if they are from minority groups. Hence, we tend to have recreated such situations in various large apartment complexes that are privately owned and run.

Your suggested responses, please?
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#9 Apr 28, 2012
Reader Quote: "Those projects are exemplars of a by-gone era. The discovery was that corralling a whole lot of poor people in a single high-density location tended to overwhelm community resources."

Oliver Twist: Overwhelm community resources, yes, if you mean the police. Public Housing was fine as long as Whites were in the houses (1940-1950 after the Great Depression), but once liberal social planners kicked all Whites out (Federal Housing Acts) the same idea that worked for Whites was disaster for Blacks, with the horrific results of murder, rape, drugs that are part of the ghetto Black Community.

Suggested responses?

Nothing will stop until people like you stop excusing horrible behavior.

College students live in large dorms without a problem, but ghetto liberal Blacks in the same circumstances tear such buildings to pieces, in case after case, after case and even in the local example of the Poindexter ghetto public housing disaster. Billions of dollars flushed down the drain and liberals like you don’t even bat an eye!
Oliver Twist

Lewis Center, OH

#11 Apr 28, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
Those projects are exemplars of a by-gone era. The discovery was that corralling a whole lot of poor people in a single high-density location tended to overwhelm community resources. Since the 1980s or so the trend was to fund either smaller "infill" housing on empty lots in neighborhoods, or to provide section 8 vouchers that were portable to any landlord willing to become approved.
Of course, these approaches have been difficult to implement due to NIMBY organizations that tend to be best organized in better resourced neighborhoods couple with a cultural proclivity for running away from poor folks--particularly if they are from minority groups. Hence, we tend to have recreated such situations in various large apartment complexes that are privately owned and run.
Your suggested responses, please?
Suggestions!

Did you not read what the USA Today said about the Chicago ghetto public housing at Cabri Green"

“a virtual war zone, the kind of place where little boys were gunned down on their way to school and little girls were sexually assaulted and left for dead in stairwells.”

The only thing is to escape, White flight / Black flight / Asian flight, all civilized people seek to escape this liberal madness, this 3rd world ocuntry within our borders.
Spookneverdies

Toledo, OH

#12 Apr 28, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
Those projects are exemplars of a by-gone era. The discovery was that corralling a whole lot of poor people in a single high-density location tended to overwhelm community resources. Since the 1980s or so the trend was to fund either smaller "infill" housing on empty lots in neighborhoods, or to provide section 8 vouchers that were portable to any landlord willing to become approved.
Of course, these approaches have been difficult to implement due to NIMBY organizations that tend to be best organized in better resourced neighborhoods couple with a cultural proclivity for running away from poor folks--particularly if they are from minority groups. Hence, we tend to have recreated such situations in various large apartment complexes that are privately owned and run.
Your suggested responses, please?
So you Want to spread the disease carrier thieving parasites around instead of keeping them in one place? Public housing should have strictly enforced rules like all residents be sterilized and be forced to work.l
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#14 Apr 28, 2012
Where did black people live before the projects?
WiseAmerican

United States

#15 Apr 28, 2012
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah. We now have the far superior method of spreading out the blight to formerly nice suburban areas via Section 8. As if sprawl created by white people running away from these creatures wasn't bad enough, you liberals gave us sprawl of blight, too.
What do you call a community regardless of race, that has 95% unemployment, low educational attainment, no skills based training, and drug dealers with guns? You call it a ghetto! And it would not be any different in those "projects" if whites lived there with the conditions listed! When there are no factories, no manufactoring, no usable skills such as plumbing, electrical, Hva/c, masonry, or carpentry being taught in local schools, you have a poverty filled community just waiting to steal, sell drugs, murder, and use drugs, because there is no forseeable future. Why was the industrial arts programs removed from urban school districts Bob? I'm tired of people like you always bytchin about how much money something cost that don't directly benefit you! And when the "tools" that are needed to help those young blacks are pulled by republican administrations or "blue dog" democrats (republican lite) and crime and violence follows, you people are fast to point your fingers at "socialist policies", and charge blacks of being prone to violence because of their race. Bullshyt! They're "prone" to survival by any means necessary. As any race would given the circumstances. You look at "white flight", where do the majority of them work? In urban city businesses, and drive 10-20 miles out the city to go home. Blacks living in the city have to find "reliable" transportation to work in a factory on the outskirts of town. The shyt is backwards.
WiseAmerican

United States

#17 Apr 28, 2012
Big Johnson wrote:
Where did black people live before the projects?
On plantations in the south.
WiseAmerican

United States

#19 Apr 28, 2012
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Lest you misunderstand, I don't hate black people. On average, I actually might say even that I like them, overall. What I don't like is you people's attitudes, about things being whitey's fault, about handouts being the way to prosperity, about voting in a block with the Dumbcrats who destroyed you and put you back on the plantation.
No other group is STUPID enough to vote for the people who destroyed their families and took away their dignity. How can you expect me to respect you people when you keep rewarding the people who make money from your disgusting state?
I am also speaking as an immigrant child, someone who had very little growing up. I had little because my parents were working, and saving instead of spending, drinking and whoring.
But you people think you're immune to the facts of life. You think whitey owes you cell phones, birth control, health care ... and you can drink, divorce, fack and do drugs to your heart's content.
Like I said in another post, you people don't act like people with a lot of self respect. Someone with self respect takes a lot more pride in how they comport themselves. I can't and will never be able to respect you until you have respect for yourselves.
........ And you will never be able to have respect for yourselves so long as you keep acting the way you do and remain on the plantation.
Take pride in yourselves, man.
When you use the term "you people" you're using a racist connotation for black people. Instead of you people, how about ignorant people, who don't understand or seem to care about why they're poor. It's not the democrats who's keeping blacks marginalized, it's a mindstate of ignorance and foolish lifestyles that's the problem, along with generational unemployment through welfare subsidies. Now since the 1996 welfare reform law, signed by Clinton- a democrat- the number of years allowed by law on welfare is 5 years life time. Since then, a person has to work to receive the assistence, but if that income is below the Federal poverty line measure, food stamps are given to help with a "civilized" degree of nutrition. The cell phone situation is not of my agreement though. And with the economy at 14% unemployment (total of those not looking anymore) how can Americans expect to make ends meet with out assistence? Cnn interviewed 10 people with bachelor's degrees. One woman age 54, worked for 26 years as a professional in a Corporation. Her position was out -sourced, she lost her job, applied for different Companies, put out 300 applications in three years and no takers! They're looking for younger, cheaper employees, and it's not the American workers fault! They've played by the rules--education, stay out of trouble, work hard, loyalty to the company--now, it's hit the door, our concern is to the wealth stock holders and screw your mortgage, car payment, kids education, and your suburban lifestyle. Get on food stamps, use up your 401k surviving, and move back with the n&[email protected] in the city! That is what's going on Bob! A poor black got as much chance in this economy as an ice cube on Mt. St. Helen. Where are the jobs Bob? With ten years of conservative tax cuts, we should be at 4% unemployment!

“Don't trust the internet!”

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#20 Apr 28, 2012
Oliver Twist wrote:
Reader Quote: "Those projects are exemplars of a by-gone era. The discovery was that corralling a whole lot of poor people in a single high-density location tended to overwhelm community resources."
Oliver Twist: Overwhelm community resources, yes, if you mean the police. Public Housing was fine as long as Whites were in the houses (1940-1950 after the Great Depression), but once liberal social planners kicked all Whites out (Federal Housing Acts) the same idea that worked for Whites was disaster for Blacks, with the horrific results of murder, rape, drugs that are part of the ghetto Black Community.
Suggested responses?
Nothing will stop until people like you stop excusing horrible behavior.
College students live in large dorms without a problem, but ghetto liberal Blacks in the same circumstances tear such buildings to pieces, in case after case, after case and even in the local example of the Poindexter ghetto public housing disaster. Billions of dollars flushed down the drain and liberals like you don’t even bat an eye!
Lotta heat there, Bob. Not much light.

College students don't have the same problems as poor people living in housing projects? Are you kidding? No drugs? No alcohol? No rape? No pilfering of furniture or throwing it out of windows? No drunken brawls or riots? And you think those dorms don't take a beating?

Problem is you don't see it because the occupants are whiter and more middle class. And you expect them to be rowdy.

But let me pose this on to you. Conservatives these days seem to accept as axiomatic that the folks at the top with the bucks are the ones who create jobs. So, how then, you blame the folks on the dead bottom, who have fallen off even unemployment, to be the ones in control of whether or not they are working.

If you have 100 folks and 25 jobs, there is no doubt that the most industrious are most likely to get what's available. But that doesn't mean that if the other 75 pull themselves up that they will be working too.

It's about jobs.

“Ludibrium est onus genio”

Since: Dec 11

Planet Earth

#25 Apr 28, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
It's about jobs.
Oh, so I lose my job, and I go home and tear the door off its hinges, then I go down and shoot my neighbor and rape his girlfriend. Sound ridiculous? It should.

No, it's not about jobs, it's a about excuses. Stop making them.

Kramers Attorney

Since: Apr 12

Millbury, OH

#26 Apr 28, 2012
WiseAmerican wrote:
<quoted text>On plantations in the south.
Now they live on the Democrat plantation.
Ruth

Chillicothe, OH

#27 Apr 28, 2012
WiseAmerican wrote:
<quoted text>On plantations in the south.
Where at least they were productive.
WiseAmerican

United States

#28 Apr 28, 2012
TonyD2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, so I lose my job, and I go home and tear the door off its hinges, then I go down and shoot my neighbor and rape his girlfriend. Sound ridiculous? It should.
No, it's not about jobs, it's a about excuses. Stop making them.
It would be ridiculous if you came home that same day or any day and destroyed your own house. We're talking about generations of no jobs over a long period of time. Like I said before, put whites in that condition and you'll see how moral and pious they remain over time.

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