There has been little good news on the public housing front in recent years. The federal government has virtually abandoned its obligation to maintain the nation’s largest supply of low-cost family housing, as strong HUD leadership cannot overcome House Republican opposition to funding affordable housing. This means cities either find money or implement creative new approaches on their own, or ignore the problem. San Francisco is one of the few cities committed to upgrading and preserving its public housing, but many longtime observers remain skeptical. This account from New Orleans in Shelterforce
, “The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks,
” should encourage even naysayers to recognize that, if done correctly, the redevelopment of public housing succeed.