Still Hope For Public Housing: Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens Renewal Wins National Award

Convent Hill, 2008: demolition of old Milwaukee public housing (background) and renewal to mixed development (foreground).

According to free market conservatives, American public housing is dead. It was the victim of its socialist anti-free-enterprise roots and of the lower class inhabitants who, in fits of depraved entitlement, have gradually trashed buildings and neighbourhoods into oblivion.

However, it seems public housing in America is not quite ready to lie down. Witness the example of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, which has won a highly-recognized National Planning award for its on-going renewal of Westlawn Gardens. It seems that with the right kind of public backing, it is possible to renew the promise of social housing, as well as include market rate rental and ownership accommodation, looking forward to the social health of a mixed income community.

Read more in the Housing and Urban Development Archives: HACM’s Westlawn Gardens Receives Prestigious National Planning Award


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