NEIGHBORHOOD SETTING AND THE ISOLATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS

THE KINDS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN LOW-INCOME PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS VARY A GREAT DEAL - EVEN COMPARING FOUR PROJECTS IN ONE MEDIUM-SIZED CITY. THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROJECT AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS, AND THE PROCESSES OF SELF-SELECTION BY TENANTS AND OF ADMISSION BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITIES ALL AFFECT THE SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF EACH PROJECT. GIVEN SUCH VARIABILITY, IT IS POSSIBLE TO STUDY HOW CERTAIN CONDITIONS AFFECT THE SOCIAL ISOLATION OF PROJECT TENENTS FROM RESIDENTS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. FOUR CASES ARE STUDIED AND DISCUSSED. THE RESULTS OF THE ANALYSIS YIELD SOME CLEAR FINDINGS. RESIDENCE IN PUBLIC HOUSING DOES CONSTITUTE A BARRIER TO SOCIAL INTERACTION. CONSIDERABLE DIFFERENCE IN SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS BETWEEN PROJECT TENANTS AND RESIDENTS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA MAY NOT NECESSARULY BE AN IMPORTANT IMPEDIMENT TO SOCIAL INTERACTION. ON THE BASIS OF THE EVIDENCE FROM THIS ANALYSIS, IT SEEMS THAT THE HETEROGENEITY WITHIN A PROJECT AND WITHIN THE AREA SURROUNDING THE PROJECT IS OFTEN LARGE ENOUGH TO PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR ESTABLISHING NEIGHBORLY RELATIONS AND EVEN FRIENDSHIPS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 34, No 1, PP 43-49, 4 FIG, 4 TAB, 8 REF
  • Authors:
    • Kriesberg, L
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00240480
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1994 12:00AM