"Tarred with The Exceptional Image": Public Housing and Popular Discourse, 1950-1990

@inproceedings{Henderson1995TarredWT,
  title={"Tarred with The Exceptional Image": Public Housing and Popular Discourse, 1950-1990},
  author={Anthony M. S. Henderson},
  year={1995}
}
In 1986, readers of a major news magazine learned about Desire, a New Orleans housing project. Presumably open to all of New Orleans' "poor people," most of Desire's residents as the text and photographs made clear were AfricanAmericans. Out of the project's population of 7,800, almost 3,000 were children, some of whom represented a "third generation of poverty" characterized by an "inexorable cycle of crime, welfare dependency and dimmed hopes." Moreover, Desire was a "world without order… CONTINUE READING

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