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When Boston's Columbia Point housing project was built in the early 1950s on the isolated edge of Dorchester Bay, it was hailed as a noble government experiment to provide temporary housing for working-class families who had fallen on hard times. By the mid-1970s, the model community had disintegrated and become a symbol of failure, decay, crime, and danger. Today, Columbia Point has been redeveloped as Harbor Point, a privately owned and managed mixed-income, racially integrated complex that stands handsomely alongside its institutional neighbors, the John F. Kennedy Library, the Massachusetts Archives, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. A Decent Place to Live chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of Columbia Point through the voices of those who struggled to make a life there and who battled to rebuild their community. A fascinating story of people, conflict, continuity, and change, the work captures the rich yet troubled heritage of Columbia Point and celebrates the aspirations and tenacity of its residents. It reclaims a neglected piece of Boston's history and offers important lessons for urban planners and policy makers nationwide. Originally published by Northeastern University Press in 2000. With a new foreword by Karilyn Crockett.

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  1. A Decent Place to Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword to the Humanities Open Book Edition
  2. Karilyn Crockett
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xii-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. PART 1. Columbia Point, 1951-1962
  1. 1. Breaking Ground at the Calf Pasture
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  1. 2. The Promise of Public Housing
  2. pp. 10-16
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  1. 3. Ignoring the Warnings
  2. pp. 17-24
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  1. 4. Moving In: A Tale of Two Families
  2. pp. 25-31
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  1. 5. Building a New Community
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  1. 6. The Mothers Club
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  1. 7. Children of the Point: I
  2. pp. 47-55
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  1. 8. Columbia Point in the Spotlight
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. PART 2. Columbia Point, 1962-1978
  1. 9. “Island of Isolation"
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  1. 10. The Downhill Slide
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  1. 11. Housing of Last Resort
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  1. 12. Children of the Point: II
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  1. 13. Planning for Columbia Point
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  1. 14. Moving Out and Moving In
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  1. 15. The News from Columbia Point
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. PART 3. Columbia Point, 1978-1987
  1. 16. Unlikely Partners
  2. pp. 149-161
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  1. 17. Seeing Is Believing
  2. pp. 162-177
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  1. 18. The Court Takes Over
  2. pp. 178-183
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  1. 19. Receivership
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  1. 20. Shotgun Marriage
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  1. 21. Designing the New Community
  2. pp. 204-216
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  1. 22. The Wrecking Ball
  2. pp. 217-223
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  1. PART 4. Harbor Point, 1988-2000
  1. 23. The Blitz
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. 24. Goodboy
  2. pp. 239-245
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  1. 25. Renting and Recession
  2. pp. 246-256
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  1. 26. Moving into Harbor Point
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. 27. Running the New Community
  2. pp. 267-279
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  1. 28. Lessons from Harbor Point
  2. pp. 280-296
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  1. Epilogue
  2. p. 297
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 299-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-307
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781555538835
MARC Record
OCLC
1102420401
Pages
332
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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