July 2, 1990 |
History's most infamous public-housing photo was snapped here in July 1972 as city-housing authorities dynamited the three central blocks of the massive Pruitt-Igoe project. I'd been at the terminally troubled 12-story high-rises several months earlier. It was hard to miss the trouble. Walkways were covered with shattered window glass and tin cans. In hallways, lights were broken, elevators vandalized. The stench of garbage and urine was everywhere. The "ultimate solution" for Pruitt-Igoe - the demolition of 33 buildings, broadcast to an incredulous nation - led me, and others, to a snap conclusion.
May 9, 2003
I UNDERSTAND the need for urban renewal, and I don't want to sound cruel, but how is it that all the residents in housing projects in South Philly get newly built houses while hardworking people in South Philly have to struggle to buy a new home? I grew up in South Philly in a single-parent home and never lived in the projects - that's a testament to my mother wanting better for us. I personally know people who have generations of relatives living in the projects. Why not? It's cheap, you don't have to care for it and sooner or later, they'll build you a new home at taxpayers' expense.
June 24, 1987 |
On May 27, 1987, the Newark, N.J., housing authority began the demolition of the Scudder Homes project. Before television news crews, the first high- rise building was leveled. This dramatic event symbolized the failure of 50 years of federal housing policy. The Scudder homes project was built in the 1960s at a cost of $20 million. In the ensuing years, the Department of Housing and Urban Development poured another $36 million into the project. Despite the massive amounts of money spent on Scudder Homes, the project became a breeding ground for crime, poverty and vandalism.
May 7, 1999 |
For nearly three months, 32 Philadelphia public housing residents from across the city have risen at dawn to commute to the Tasker Homes development to learn as much as they can about the building trades. "It's hard getting up in the morning to get here. But that's what it takes to make it in the trades. So there ain't much use in complaining," said Bernard Browne, 20, who rides a train, subway and two buses to get to Tasker in South Philadelphia from his Northeast apartment. The program that has Browne and his fellow residents so motivated was officially unveiled yesterday during a ceremony featuring public housing Executive Director Carl Greene, Mayor Rendell and a host of city, civic and union leaders.
June 22, 1992
None of the horror stories in Daily News reporter Joe Daughen's story Friday on the Philadelphia Housing Authority were news to the authority's 100,000 tenants. Nor are these findings in the most recent audit of PHA by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: 99 percent of PHA housing units flunk HUD's "decent, safe and sanitary" tests. PHA's bloated maintenance staff is so inept it takes about five years to fix up a vacant unit and move a new family into it. Routine maintenance is so sloppy PHA doesn't know how many service calls it makes or completes.
June 8, 2007 |
When the Schuylkill Falls towers were demolished back in 1996, the promise was that the dilapidated, oversized housing project would be replaced with a viable, mixed-income community. Now, at long last, the promise is on the verge of being fulfilled. Tomorrow morning in East Falls, dignitaries including Gov. Rendell and Mayor Street are to gather to cut the ribbon on the final element of the package: A private, market-rate development - featuring a number of large and expensive homes - sitting right next to public housing.
April 10, 1989 |
After touring public housing sites and reviewing proposals from more than 800 housing authorities, the nation's housing chief has developed a massive "sweep-up" plan aimed at eliminating drug traffic. Jack F. Kemp, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, planned to present the details today when he joins Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and drug czar William J. Bennett in announcing an action plan for the troubled District of Columbia. In a meeting with reporters, Kemp said he wanted his drug-enforcement proposals for the District of Columbia's public housing to be applied nationally.
June 2, 1987 |
Tenants from five public housing developments yesterday began a 15-month training program aimed at enabling them to take over the management of their projects from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Under the program, which is being sponsored by the nonprofit Housing Association of the Delaware Valley, the tenants will be trained in everything from rent collection to tenant selection and would ultimately assume responsibility for managing their own developments. Similar programs have worked successfully in more than a dozen cities, including St. Louis, Jersey City and Washington, where tenant organizations currently manage public housing developments under contracts with the local housing authorities.
February 5, 2008 |
Carl Greene isn't necessarily regarded as the nicest guy in town, but in his 10th year as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, he is seen as one of the most successful. Among friends and critics alike, he is overwhelmingly credited with single-handedly recasting the look of affordable housing in Philadelphia. Arriving here from Detroit in 1998 at the behest of Mayor Ed Rendell, Greene found an aging stock of public housing, much of it grim high-rises, warrens of crime and decay.
October 12, 1986 |
In all of Burlington County's 40 municipalities, there are only three communities that have public housing authorities that offer low-rent or moderate-rent housing to the public at large. "The real story is not that there are three housing authorities but why there are not 40 housing authorities," said John Nolan, executive director of the Burlington City Housing Authority. "Not a day goes by but that somebody from Mount Holly or Willingboro or Browns Mills comes in to our office because they can find no reasonable rental facility.