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The Resource High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing, Ben Austen ; designed by Fritz Metsch ; maps, Robert Philip Gordon

High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing, Ben Austen ; designed by Fritz Metsch ; maps, Robert Philip Gordon

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High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing
Title
High-risers
Title remainder
Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing
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Ben Austen ; designed by Fritz Metsch ; maps, Robert Philip Gordon
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Contributor
Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, America's most iconic public housing project. Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000--all of it packed onto just seventy acres a few blocks from Chicago's ritzy Gold Coast. Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource--it was home. By 2011, every high-rise had been razed, the island of black poverty engulfed by the white affluence around it, the families dispersed. In this novelistic and eye-opening narrative, Ben Austen tells the story of America's public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. It is an account told movingly through the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex's demise. Beautifully written, rich in detail, and full of moving portraits, High-Risers is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation's effort to provide affordable housing to the poor--and what we can learn from those mistakes
Summary
Blends personal narrative, city politics and national history in the story of Chicago's iconic public-housing project to trace its evolution from a 1940s slum to a towering community only blocks from the Gold Coast, where crime and government failures impacted the lives of countless families before the razing and dispersals of 2011
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2019.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2018.
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10619825
Cataloging source
YDX
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Austen, Ben
Dewey number
  • 363.5/85/0977311
  • 977.3/11
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD7288.78.U52
LC item number
C42 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Gordon, Robert Philip
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cabrini-Green Homes (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Cabrini-Green High Impact Program
  • Public housing
  • Low-income housing
  • African Americans
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing
Label
High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing, Ben Austen ; designed by Fritz Metsch ; maps, Robert Philip Gordon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-365) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A home over Jordan. Portrait of a Chicago slum ; The reds and the whites ; Catch-as-catch-can ; Warriors ; The mayor's pied-à-terre -- Cabrini Green Harlem Watts Jackson. Cabrini-Green rap ; Concentration effects ; This is my life ; Faith brought us this far ; How horror works ; Dantrell Davis Way -- Rotations on the land. Cabrini mustard and turnip greens ; If not here. . . where? ; Transformations ; Old town, new town ; They came from the projects ; The people's public housing authority ; The Chicago neighborhood of the future
Control code
ocn986960216
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 384 pages
Isbn
9780062235060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)986960216
Label
High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing, Ben Austen ; designed by Fritz Metsch ; maps, Robert Philip Gordon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-365) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A home over Jordan. Portrait of a Chicago slum ; The reds and the whites ; Catch-as-catch-can ; Warriors ; The mayor's pied-à-terre -- Cabrini Green Harlem Watts Jackson. Cabrini-Green rap ; Concentration effects ; This is my life ; Faith brought us this far ; How horror works ; Dantrell Davis Way -- Rotations on the land. Cabrini mustard and turnip greens ; If not here. . . where? ; Transformations ; Old town, new town ; They came from the projects ; The people's public housing authority ; The Chicago neighborhood of the future
Control code
ocn986960216
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 384 pages
Isbn
9780062235060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)986960216

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