Why New York’s Housing Projects May Be on Their Way to Extinction -- New York Magazine
i feel like the subhead of this piece is strange - public housing in new york comprises so many thousands of residents (NYCHA speculates 600K) that it would require extensive planning to tear it down and make it “extinct.” it’s not as if housing authorities or HUD are known for their great relocation planning, so maybe i’m just being optimistic that teardowns wouldn’t happen. this is a pretty good primer on NYCHA’s projects, though i find it kind of funny that both hip-hop references required corrections.
I also found this piece strange, but mostly in its lack of forward momentum. There is no way to fix up those thousands of units, properly maintain them, and turn them into either reasonable homes or the launch pad they were originally intended to be? The only helpful solution (maybe) is from the conservative sell-and-retrench end of things. This is where my utopianism encounters political reality and gets lost.