“Should they stay or should they go?”
During the 1960’s, the housing act was enacted, and the mass development of public housing projects were built throughout the country. Countless families were placed into these developments where they would spend the next decades trying to break out. and not trying to break out because of the projects themselves. But more so from the crime that plagued them as time progressed.
When observing the landscape of the housing authority across the country, you can’t help but to notice they are largely African American and poor. And the reasons behind why the demographics are such is subject to debate. But you also see a blend of Latino families, very few Asians and little to no White men and women. And this has been the face for quite some time. Exceptions would be the Carbini Green towers and row houses in Chicago that were Italian, then became Black.
If you’ve been watching over the past years, (at least for those living near projects) there is an attempt to remove the people. And I don’t mean to relocate them to better housing. I am talking about moving them into different neighborhoods so the current land can be built into mixed commercial and residential living. But you can’t just move the people out of their homes.So what do you do, you make the stay highly unpleasant. Force them out by way o making it impossible to live in the conditions.
There have been plenty of success stories about men and women who have come from these various areas. They have become well-known athletes, entertainers, doctors, engineers, educators, and politicians. But the odds are so low when looking at the numbers. Because chances are your child born into the projects will raise their children here as well.
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