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Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation

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Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation CoverFor the past two decades the United States has been transforming distressed public housing communities, with three ambitious goals: replace distressed developments with healthy mixed-income communities; help residents relocate to affordable housing, often in the private market; and empower former public housing families toward economic self-sufficiency. The transformation has focused on deconcentrating poverty, but not on the underlying role of racial segregation in creating these distressed communities. In Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation, scholars and public housing officials assess whether—and how—public housing policies can simultaneously address the problems of poverty and racial discrimination.

With commentary by Mary Pattillo, Victor Rubin, Elizabeth K. Julian, Harris Beider, Alexander Polikoff, Jennifer Lee O'Neil, Michael Kelly, Philip Tegeler, Conrad Egan and Jennifer Lavorel, Kirk E. Harris, Harry J. Holzer, and Toby Herr and Suzanne L. Wagner

 

Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation, by Margery Austin Turner, Susan J. Popkin, and Lynette Rawlings, is available from the Urban Institute Press (ISBN 978-0-87766-755-1, paper, 304 pages, $29.50)

 

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