Taking the stigma out of public housing

If you feel the need to think afresh about how we approach housing in this country, check out this pamphlet, the results of a workshop held by the Temple Hoyne Buell Centre for the Study of American Architecture, at Columbia University.

The participants argue that it’s time to initiate a new conversation about public housing, minus the stigma (think “projects” and all the negative imagery that conjures). After all, they argue, all housing is in some way public, whether subsidized by federal homeownership tax credits, low-income housing tax credits or section 8 rent vouchers.

“Strategies for reevaluating government responsibility would take this entire spectrum of subsidy into account, without giving a higher symbolic value to one or the other type of subsidy,” the authors write.

Worth clicking for the inspired graphics alone.

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