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Street Life and High-Rise Public Housing

  • Charles J. Holahan
Part of the The Plenum Social Ecology Series book series (PSES)

Abstract

A remarkable and quite neglected form of street theater plays each day in the heart of the central city. It pits the coping efforts of inner-city residents against the inexorable transformation of the urban ghetto. Gradually, the old tenement neighborhood boasting a robust social life is being replaced by high-rise housing projects distinguished instead by social isolation. Jacobs (1961) describes eloquently the vivid contrast between the social vitality of the ghetto and the psychological barrenness of the new high-rise projects. The Pruitt-Igoe houses in St. Louis, which were hailed as a modern design achievement, have become notorious for their almost total failure to function effectively at a social psychological level (Rainwater, 1968; Yancy, 1971). Newman (1972) has recently documented the consistent relationship between low social cohesion and high crime level typical in high-rise public housing. Gans (1962) has concluded that too often the physical changes of urban renewal fail to substantially improve the lives of the poor.

Keywords

Urban Design Housing Project Innovative Project Active Recreation Outdoor Space 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Holahan
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  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinUSA

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