Shelterforce story on demolitions in Memphis

Check out the latest issue of Shelterforce (published by the National Housing Institute), which has a really interesting story on public housing demolition in Memphis, Tennessee by Kenneth M. Reardon, chair of city and regional planning at Cornell University. Reardon writes about the successful effort (so far) by residents to prevent the demolition of Foote Homes, the last housing project in the city. The demolition is part of the Obama administration’s Choice Neighborhood Planning and Implementation Grant Program, essentially a rebranding of the disasterous HOPE VI program (initiated by the Clinton administration). HOPE VI lead to forced evictions that were denounced by the United Nations, and a massive net loss of affordable housing for very low income residents, mostly in communities of color. Read the story of Foote Homes here

Community members march to a Planning and Zoning Commit- tee hearing. (Photo courtesy of Antonio Raciti, University of Memphis. Reposted from Shelterforce website)

Community members march to a Planning and Zoning Commit- tee hearing. (Photo courtesy of Antonio Raciti, University of Memphis. Reposted from Shelterforce website)

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