Annotated bibliography 7 and 8:
Parson, Don. “The Decline of Public Housing and the Politics of the Red Scare: The Significance of the Los Angeles Public Housing War.” Journal of Urban History, 33, 3, Mar.2007: 400-417. EBSCOhost. proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=24276786&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Don Parson argues that 1950’s public housing decline was linked directly to the role of the Red Scare. This is shown through the Los Angeles pubic housing war, although, however, there was public housing in major cities all over the country at this time. Public housing int he United States in general peaked during the 1950’s and then suddenly decreased. Parson explains how the Red Scare tactic was used to diminish a huge public housing unit, and take out the mayoral regime which was pro-public housing at the time.
Although this article is based in Los Angeles, it still supports my argument because it is about public housing and more importantly that not everyone agrees with it. This article shows the power of the federal government.
Husock, Howard. “Moving out of Public Housing.” Public Interest, no. 150, Winter2003, p. 89. EBSCOhost, proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a2h&AN=9689235&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Howard Husock discusses the goals of public housing, how it was once a great success, and then what went wrong. Husock says that as more Americans were moving to the suburbs, public housing became the worst housing in America because crime and drug rates had risen tremendously due to the dominant low-income single parent families that were occupying the space (90). He then goes on to say how much money and time the federal government but into fixing public housing in order to re establish the American dream. The government had spent $4.5 billion on renovations and Husock believes it is necessary to demolish all public housing.
This article is very useful because it tells me exactly what was wrong with pubic housing from the beginning and why, in Husock’s eyes, this establishment was never going to work.