The Public Interest

Which of the poor shall live in public housing?

Roger Starr

Spring 1971

NEW YORK CITY’S public housing projects—which many people claim they can identify at sight, but which they often confuse with partially subsidized “middle-income” cooperatives and rental complexes, and sometimes even with self-styled “luxury” developments--- contain about 155,000 families. No one knows how many people this amounts to, but a fair guess puts the number at 600,000. This makes the publicly-housed population of New York City greater than the total population of any other city in the state.

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