Ending LBJ’s Experiment in Socialism: The Great Society

“After 58 years, the once-sprawling Cabrini-Green housing complex [in Chicago] closed its last high-rise today as the last tenant moved out.”

Interviews of exiting residents of Cabrini revealed some who had resided there more than 50 years, with multiple generations of the same family growing up — and remaining there.

Some moved out, joined the military or took government jobs, retired, and then moved back in.

The original intent of public housing was as a transition from poverty to employment – to self-sufficiency.  At no time was the housing to be permanent.

Concentrating the poor in massive complexes created a blueprint for crime centers, creating nightmares for the police, fire departments, and medical centers, with the residents permanently condemned to low aspirations and poverty.

Hopefully, these public housing centers will be systematically eradicated with a more sensible approach to assisting those in need.

A popular and successful approach now is to build small town-house clusters in middle class neighborhoods, enabling the temporary residents to maintain their privacy in respectable housing which they are expected to maintain.  The locations are on public transportation routes, and within walking distance of shopping centers and grocery stores.  The clusters include a mixture of races and age groups, with no single concentration of age, race, religion — thus deterring a “ghetto mentality.”

Interviews of exiting residents of Cabrini revealed some who had resided there more than 50 years, with multiple generations of the same family growing up — and remaining there.

Some moved out, joined the military or took government jobs, retired, and then moved back in.

The original intent of public housing was as a transition from poverty to employment – to self-sufficiency.  At no time was the housing to be permanent.

Concentrating the poor in massive complexes created a blueprint for crime centers, creating nightmares for the police, fire departments, and medical centers, with the residents permanently condemned to low aspirations and poverty.

Hopefully, these public housing centers will be systematically eradicated with a more sensible approach to assisting those in need.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/12/last-tenant-moving-out-of-cabrini-green.html?obref=obinsite

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