At St. Bernard, we engaged a demolition worker in a discussion of why demolition was the best thing, as we watched a building come down in front of us. He had lived in the St. Thomas housing developments. He told us about the sense of entitlement that residents feel about returning to their particular apartment in the developments. He said the only thing that could break this would be the removal of the places themselves. The former residents, he said, could never abide seeing others move into these buildings, even though they represented so much hardship and poverty and crime. Again—the persistent argument that the buildings—and not the policies of the past—are the problem.... Read More →
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