Housing demolition and the right to place

Cochran Gardens, St. Louis. Wiki Commons

Cochran Gardens, St. Louis. Wiki Commons

CGWG chair Tony Roshan Samara has a new post on the Polis blog, Housing Demolition and the Right to Place. From the piece:

“[P]overty deconcentration has become the public policy hammer that defines as a nail virtually every problem related to urban inequality. And nowhere has this hammer been wielded to more devastating effect than against public housing. Public housing has long served as a convenient boogey man in debates about racial segregation and persistent, concentrated poverty in low income communities of color. It has been evoked repeatedly by conservative and liberal administrations over the past twenty-five years as they raced to dismantle the welfare state, achieving the status of conventional wisdom: “You don’t think concentrated poverty is a problem? Just look at public housing!” Importantly, influential strands of academic research have provided intellectual firepower for the policy.”