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Well, I think that when the housing opened, backs were redominantly qualified, socially and economically, and filed up immediate housing, and it just kinda' stayed that way. Not every government housing roject went that way. Yesler Terrace, in Seattle has a fine mix of eople, whites, blacks, Native Americans, and Chinese al living together in a six block area.
Ceder Park, and Geneva Woods, in Juneau Alaska are good examples of housing Not gone to seed. Ceder Park opeed in the late sixties, all wood structures, but well kept, and Geneva Woods, which opened in 1975, was the absolute Best housing project I've ever seen. Beautiful apartments, with well kept grounds and social orde throughout. No gang fights or drunken brawls. Stayed there with my girlfriend for a few weeks before I shipped off to college. There's a decent complex here in redding, but the waiting list is two years long. My daughter is trying to get i there. She's twenty right now, and might end up moving to Oklahoma before anything opens up there.
It makes sense what you're saying, but I can't help but notice that many immigrants came, were hated, lived poor and by the next generation broke out and went elsewhere, whereas many african americans remain in a viscious cycle generation after generation. I can't help but feel if the projects had not occurred, that if the great society had not occurred that full integration would have occurred and we wouldn't be having this discussion. I think with all of the "help" we are giving new immigrants we will see other groups put into that viscious cycle. Obviously it's just a theory, I can't prove it.