There's a documentary out there on these: LINK
Interesting circumstances....but if anything, I think it proves that concentrating poverty and spending massive amounts in federal grants to build high density units that are nearly impossible to maintain given the occupants are generally a bad idea. No budget would be large enough to maintain it.
Feds threw money at public housing. The occupants destroyed them within a year, and the locals couldn't afford to continue maintaining them.
In all honesty, the section 8 vouchers that are widely used today take neighborhoods down pretty quickly. With some of the apartment setups that were popular since the 1970s, they are pretty providing the same kind of environment than those high density public housing projects of yesteryear.
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