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  • KyCIR: Despite Calls For Help, Bedbugs Infest Louisville Public Housing Complex

    Residents of a high-rise public housing complex for the elderly complained for years about the bedbugs. It was a relentless infestation that the housing authority paid little attention to, and the city’s code enforcement officers insisted they weren’t responsible for. Jacob Ryan used data and interviews with residents to show that the issue was pervasive -- and ignored.
  • The Impact After the CHA Plan for Transformation

    Data from U.S. Housing & Urban Development, the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Census Bureau was analyzed by census tract in the city of Chicago and by municipality in the six-county suburban area for the years 2000 and 2015. In 1999, Mayor Richard M. Daley boldly promised to transform public housing in Chicago — in part by tearing down the high-rise housing projects that lined the city’s expressways and surrounded the Loop. Today, nearly every Chicago neighborhood — and almost every suburb — has felt the impact of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation,” a Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found. https://cst.carto.com/viz/2a5170a2-2ec4-11e6-93e7-0ecd1babdde5/public_map https://cst.carto.com/viz/c1072cca-3438-11e6-bce7-0e31c9be1b51/public_map
  • Las Vegas Construction Deaths

    Workers had been dying at a rate of one every six weeks -- 12 deaths in 18 months -- until contractors made sweeping safety improvements after the Las Vegas Sun revealed that poor safety practices and lax oversight by state regulators had contributed to the fatalities. Before the story, construction safety had been a non-issue in Las Vegas. The deaths were considered the cost of doing business in a $32 billion building boom, the biggest in Las Vegas history. High-rise construction is dangerous, authorities said. Contractors and state regulators blamed many of the accidents on the dead workers themselves. This investigation found those arguments were "plainly wrong."
  • Trapped in Despair

    The Wilmington Housing Authority high-rises are flooded with drugs, prostitutes, and criminals. Among some of the residents are the elderly and handicapped who are at times afraid to leave their apartments. The elevators frequently break down, stranding residents that rely on them. The worst part is that the executive director, the mayor and the lawmakers know about the existence of the problems within the high-rises.
  • Dumping Grounds?; Just Moving On; Six More Years

    "The Chicago Housing Authority will spend $1.6 billion on its 'Plan for Transformation'- a 10-year urban reform plan to destroy and tear-down more than 38,000 units of high-rise public housing and rebuild vibrant condo-style mixed-income housing in its place. Yet seven years into the plan, the authority has only built 1,600 replacement units of a promised 6,000 in mixed-income condos."
  • Chicago Hope

    This article examines HUD's latest effort to house the poor and replace deteriorating, high-rise projects. Focusing particularly on Chicago, the Section 8 voucher program and HOPE VI revitalization initiative are highlighted.
  • This Job Can Kill You: Demolition Work -- A Deadly Calling

    This investigation singles out demolition workers, manual laborers who pave the way for Manhattan's glamorous high-rise construction business by tearing down old buildings, as the least protected and most susceptible to injury or unfair business practices in the entire construction industry.
  • High-Rise Hazards

    The Morning Call reports: "Fire officials agree that sprinklers can save lives and minimize damage. But cost has been a major roadblock to more governments enacting laws mandating their installation."
  • Private Firm Keep Tight Grip on Public Housing

    This article investigates a redevelopment project in a Chicago neighborhood that has caused many families to move out of their homes into other neighborhoods. This redevelopment had been on hold for a 15-month period because of a disagreement between the high-rise being redeveloped and The Habitat Co., a private real estate firm.
  • "Life in the projects is my start, not my finish."

    The "warehousing" of the poor in high-rise housing projects like Darst-Webbe is becoming a thing of the past. If the federal governemnt accepts a proposal by the city od St. Louis, Darst-Webbe -- now largely abandoned -- will go the way of so many public housing projects projects across the country. The high-rises will be demolished to make room for a new experiemnt in public housing, a neighborhood approach to attract low and middle income renters as well as home owners.