Contested Space: Design Principles and Regulatory Regimes in Mixed-Income Communities Replacing Public Housing Complexes in Chicago

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015 Forthcoming

Kreisman Working Papers Series in Housing Law and Policy No. 16

43 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2014

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Robert Chaskin

University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

Mark Joseph

Case Western Reserve University - Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Date Written: October 30, 2014

Abstract

Chicago is currently implementing the largest and most ambitious effort in the United States to redevelop inner city neighborhoods and address the problems of urban poverty through the “transformation” of public housing. Chicago’s effort is part of a broader policy trend, nationally and internationally, focused on deconcentrating urban poverty and addressing the problems that have become endemic to many public housing communities over the past half-century. At the center of this effort is a stated emphasis on integration — on remediating the negative effects of racial and economic segregation that was so starkly exacerbated and reproduced by past public housing policy. Entailing large-scale demolition, redevelopment, and the relocation of thousands of public housing residents, the effort seeks to reshape urban space, remake urban neighborhoods, and reverse the isolation of public housing residents through their integration into new neighborhoods and into the broader contexts, institutions, and opportunities provided by the city as a whole.

Suggested Citation

Chaskin, Robert and Joseph, Mark, Contested Space: Design Principles and Regulatory Regimes in Mixed-Income Communities Replacing Public Housing Complexes in Chicago (October 30, 2014). Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015 Forthcoming; Kreisman Working Papers Series in Housing Law and Policy No. 16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2518467

Robert Chaskin (Contact Author)

University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration ( email )

969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Mark Joseph

Case Western Reserve University - Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences ( email )

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
United States

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