Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Claiming NeighborhoodNew Ways of Understanding Urban Change$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John J Betancur and Janet L Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040504

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 23 October 2019

Reinventing Neighborhood?

Reinventing Neighborhood?

Transforming Chicago’s Public Housing

Chapter:
(p.150) Chapter 7 Reinventing Neighborhood?
Source:
Claiming Neighborhood
Author(s):

John J. Betancur

Janet L. Smith

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040504.003.0007

This chapter examines how the transformation of public housing leads to neighborhood change by focusing on two Chicago neighborhoods: Cabrini Green on the Lower North Side and Lakefront Properties on the South Side. More specifically, it considers how each neighborhood was transformed over decades into a space of flexible accumulation in which to build new mixed-income communities. It first reviews the U.S. housing policy that made transformation necessary and goes on to show how policy implementation controlled to some extent the market forces that normally shape the cycles of creative destruction over time, while also making accumulation and commodification more surgical and calculating in the two neighborhoods. It also demonstrates how social science research in combination with public policy and market mechanisms can result in the gentrification of the public housing ghetto. It argues that public housing residents—the presumed beneficiaries—can be contained and diminished in both the physical and social space of Chicago.

Keywords:   public housing, neighborhood change, Chicago, flexible accumulation, mixed-income communities, housing policy, creative destruction, commodification, gentrification, ghetto

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.