The Redevelopment of Place in the Urban Context: An Evaluation of Non-Housing Economic Change in a Transforming Public Housing Neighborhood


This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Theses and Dissertations at Loyola eCommons. It has been accepted for inclusion in Master's Theses by an authorized administrator of Loyola eCommons. For more information, please contact and Dr. Japonica Brown-Saracino, whose comprehensive critique promoted a thoughtful consideration of my research questions. I also extend sincere thanks to Dr. Anne Figert whose generous encouragement and concern for my academic and professional development have proven to be invaluable. And lastly, but certainly not least, I am indebted to Dr. David Embrick whose unrelenting support has been instrumental in my growth as a graduate student and as a sociologist. As in all areas of my life, I remain thankful for my family: my father, Curtis, my mother, Bertha, my stepmother Dougie, my brother and sister, Curtis, Jr. and Clarissa Jackson, and Ronna Jackson, my sister-in-law, whose academic and professional successes continue to motivate me. And finally, I give my sincerest thanks to Gabriel Jackson, Sr., whose friendship and love have sustained me for the last four years. To Tre and Ruby whose lives I hope to inspire The goals of HOPE VI are ambitious, seeking to address the physical problems of distressed public housing, while also improving the overall well being of the residents and promoting self-sufficiency. HOPE VI targeted some of the most beleaguered housing in this country—dilapidated public housing developments that had failed to deliver on the promise of decent housing for the poor. The problems HOPE VI seeks to address are among the most complex and difficult to solve. Good shelter is a useful good in itself, as shelter. When we try to justify good shelter instead on the pretentious grounds that it will work social or family miracles we fool ourselves. viii LIST OF FIGURES Figures Page 1. Map of Chicago Community Areas 26 ix ABSTRACT Housing policy has been a critical element in the evolution of place in American cities. Historic legislation, beginning with the Housing Act of 1934, has fundamentally altered the material context of the urban landscape. Under this policy and its successive iterations, American society has witnessed the emergence of vital cities and communities that have come to define the national standard of living. While the nation has witnessed prolific growth of housing obtained in the private market, social policy directed towards public housing remains a critical necessity for low-income …

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@inproceedings{eCommons2013TheRO, title={The Redevelopment of Place in the Urban Context: An Evaluation of Non-Housing Economic Change in a Transforming Public Housing Neighborhood}, author={Loyola eCommons and Crystal A. Jackson and Philip Nyden and Anne E Figert}, year={2013} }