Local 237 IBT
NYCâ€™s Housing Authority (NYCHA)has sold off property because, perhaps in part, it is being pushed over a fiscal brink by the combined defunding efforts of decades of GOP office holders at the city, state and federal level. (For a very cursory â€“ but perhaps too long â€“ overview of some of NYCHAâ€™s financial and operating woes, click here ).
Those of you of a certain age who remember the War in Vietnam, may recall a puzzling Military concept:â€œwe burned the village in order to save it.â€ Similarly, public housing operators across the US have from time-to-time destroyed huge public housing projects in order to save them. Forty years ago, for example, I spent a moderate amount of time in the Pruit-Igoe projects of St. Louis Mo.â€”a 33 building forest of medium-rise buildings so badly-built, so badly maintained so crime-ridden that they were torn down altogether in 1972. Since then, the dynamite & bull-dozer solution to public housing failures (and even some successes) has been applied in other locales (famously Cabrini-Green in Chicago and recently, in Staten Island). In general, NYCHA housing â€“ even at its worst moments of disrepair and dangerousness â€“ never equaled the disgrace of Pruitt-Igoe.
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