High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Sons, and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas, High-Risers braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago?s Cabrini-Green, America?s most iconic public housing project. Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabr Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Sons, and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowi...

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Title:High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing
Author:Ben Austen
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062235087
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing Reviews

  • Warren
    May 25, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

  • Circe
    Jan 21, 2019

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

  • Pam Cipkowski
    Mar 26, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

  • Mehrsa
    Jun 06, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

  • Gloria
    Dec 27, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

    While Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex may be a bit less familiar to some, residents of Illinois grew up hearing about it regularly on the news. Ben Austen, a Chicago author, revisits the city beginning in the 1940s when the apartment towers were built and illustrates an ...

  • Connie  Kuntz
    Mar 01, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

  • Emily
    Oct 24, 2017

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

  • Alexis
    May 02, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

  • Shona
    May 11, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

  • Marian
    Sep 19, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Feb 12, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

  • Naberius
    Feb 27, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

  • Adam Ross
    Jan 31, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

  • Betty
    Mar 10, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

  • Kara
    Jun 20, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

    While Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex may be a bit less familiar to some, residents of Illinois grew up hearing about it regularly on the news. Ben Austen, a Chicago author, revisits the city beginning in the 1940s when the apartment towers were built and illustrates an ...

    This was an excellent book on public housing in America, but more specifically on the history of Cabrini-Green in Chicago. Austen did a great job in tracing the history of the public housing development through the various residents who have lived there from its opening until its closi...

    ?High-risers? is a fantastic book. It successfully blends together the history of Cabrini-Green, personal narratives of project residents and the larger overarching fate of public housing in the US, as is promised in the subtitle. The book is well-researched, perceptive and compass...

    The way Americans ignore the cycle of poverty is unacceptable. In reading this, I do think that the majority of city officials thought high-rise public housing would lift people out of poverty, but the mismanagement and the grift of the Chicago Housing Authority doomed all public housi...

    This book chronicles the human hope and human failure entwined in our country?s (and Chicago?s) public housing plan. Born out of entrenched segregation and the belief in the strength of the collective created in World War II, public housing initially seemed promising to planners an...

  • Judy Sumka
    Apr 17, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

  • Daniel Farabaugh
    Jan 26, 2019

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

  • Christy Coughlin
    May 16, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

  • Jena
    May 11, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

  • Ryan
    Oct 07, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

  • Kate Olson
    Mar 18, 2019

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

  • gnarlyhiker
    May 05, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

  • Keri Miller Whitmore
    Dec 28, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

    While Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex may be a bit less familiar to some, residents of Illinois grew up hearing about it regularly on the news. Ben Austen, a Chicago author, revisits the city beginning in the 1940s when the apartment towers were built and illustrates an ...

    This was an excellent book on public housing in America, but more specifically on the history of Cabrini-Green in Chicago. Austen did a great job in tracing the history of the public housing development through the various residents who have lived there from its opening until its closi...

    ?High-risers? is a fantastic book. It successfully blends together the history of Cabrini-Green, personal narratives of project residents and the larger overarching fate of public housing in the US, as is promised in the subtitle. The book is well-researched, perceptive and compass...

    The way Americans ignore the cycle of poverty is unacceptable. In reading this, I do think that the majority of city officials thought high-rise public housing would lift people out of poverty, but the mismanagement and the grift of the Chicago Housing Authority doomed all public housi...

  • M R
    Jul 30, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

  • Ksenia Kulichik
    Mar 15, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

    While Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex may be a bit less familiar to some, residents of Illinois grew up hearing about it regularly on the news. Ben Austen, a Chicago author, revisits the city beginning in the 1940s when the apartment towers were built and illustrates an ...

    This was an excellent book on public housing in America, but more specifically on the history of Cabrini-Green in Chicago. Austen did a great job in tracing the history of the public housing development through the various residents who have lived there from its opening until its closi...

    ?High-risers? is a fantastic book. It successfully blends together the history of Cabrini-Green, personal narratives of project residents and the larger overarching fate of public housing in the US, as is promised in the subtitle. The book is well-researched, perceptive and compass...

  • Vette
    Jun 25, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

    Most of the time I am able to form opinions and express them all by myself, but when it comes to the issue of public housing, there is a part of me that would appreciate it if someone (not a racist) would just tell me what to think. Since that person does not readily exist, I have had ...

    Meticulously researched, High-Risers is both a beautiful ode to and a scathing, no-holds-barred look at the literal rise and fall of one of public housing?s most notorious developments, Cabrini-Green. How many of us, growing up, wondered as we rode past those ominous stretches of hig...

    This book reminded me that Social Scientists and Historians are deeply indebted to great writers who take on subjects of our concern and render them with depth, clarity, honesty and rigor in a way that most of us are just not capable of. Austen's work here is a story about public housi...

    This was a very emotional and informative book. Lots of social history for the last 60 years in Chicago. It follows the development of Cabrini Green and its eventual destruction. You learn a lot about the various mayors, presidents, and politicians who endeavored to save it, or to make...

    While Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex may be a bit less familiar to some, residents of Illinois grew up hearing about it regularly on the news. Ben Austen, a Chicago author, revisits the city beginning in the 1940s when the apartment towers were built and illustrates an ...

    This was an excellent book on public housing in America, but more specifically on the history of Cabrini-Green in Chicago. Austen did a great job in tracing the history of the public housing development through the various residents who have lived there from its opening until its closi...

  • Rachel Lichtman Castaño
    Jun 13, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

  • Zsazsa Leverett
    Dec 23, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

    A well-told story of a notorious high rise in Chicago. It's obviously not just the story of the high rise, but of the people within and without, of race and violence and politics and of gentrification. It's a really interesting read. And it made me think that we should rethink public h...

    I remember hearing about "the projects" when I was a child. I didn't truly understand what it meant, or what they were, of course?that understanding wouldn't come until several years later. When it did, the few things I read (or, occasionally, saw on television) centered around Afric...

    This book was incredibly detailed and very illuminating on the rise and fall of Cabrini-Green. Chicago should be ashamed of their handling of...most of it. I learned a lot and got very angry at times, and I'm sure my feelings pale in comparison to those of the people who actually lived...

    I love this type of book- a nonfiction book that looks at a big picture social issue, in this case Chicago's public housing high rises, through the lives of individual people. I think anyone interested in urban sociology or cities in general will like this book. It's long but never too...

    This is a fascinating book about the famous Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. It was such a beacon of hope when it was built in the 1940s, only to turn years later into a frightening, crime-ridden slum, finally being torn down by 2011. Austen follows the stories of families who...

    This was a very good examination of Cabrini-Green and its place in public housing in America. It does not delve into the issue of public housing more broadly but it does give a very good account of the problems of policy that plagued Chicago in the era. ...

    If you're interested in the history of public housing, or housing in general, definitely read this book. The author actually spoke with people who lived in this housing complex, and managed to write a history that wasn't just a bunch of facts, but was very human in its approach. ...

    shame on our governments (all levels)> ...

    2.5 ...

    Mr Austen gives a thorough history of public housing in Chicago. Personal stories make it so real. We have done so many injustices to the poor...public housing is a huge part of the problem. Profit TRUMPS all in Chicago and the country. ...

    If someone would have told me that a book about public housing in Chicago would be one of my favorites of the year, I definitely would not have believed it. But this book is fascinating. So well researched and interspersed between the history of city and national politics and the debat...

    The Cabrini-Green public housing was one of the more famous public housing in the United States. While not the only public housing in Chicago, Cabrini-Green had the most notorious reputation. Built in the 1940s in an area that had previously been a deteriorating slum, Cabrini-Green gre...

    The history of Cabrini-Green is more than the history of a demolished housing project. It's the story of public housing, of a city, and of that city's political and institutional racism. Cabrini-Green and public housing are not a failure because they were conceptually flawed; they fail...

    Wow. What a well-researched and thoughtfully curated book. I learned so much about Chicago history and politics through the lens of public housing from this book. I enjoyed the ongoing personal narratives of former Cabrini-Green residents throughout the book that put a human face and u...

    Growing up in Chicago the past 11 years, I heard about Cabrini-Green rarely and it was usually glossed-over and dismissed quickly as a "ghetto" or "shit-hole". I went to CPS for 9 years (Ogden, mentioned in this book, for 5) and I learned so much from this book. As a testament to how ...

  • Alyse Stolz
    Aug 07, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...

    Just a flat-out important book by a writer with complete authority over his subject matter. It charts the life and death of great American city (the Cabrini-Green housing projects) within a great American city (Chicago) and let's the reader bear witness to how and why it all comes tumb...

    PHENOMENAL. Required reading for anyone who has read and loved EVICTED. Also an excellent follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns - this picks up and details the exact travesty that occurred when the Great Migration led Southern Blacks to Chicago......the North was not the safe haven the...

    This book is definitely a cool, historical look back on Cabrini-Green with some very interesting personal stories of residents as the medium for telling the complicated history. I didn?t like this book as much as ?Evicted? or ?There Are No Children Here?, but I did enjoy t...

  • Liz Mc2
    May 24, 2018

    Every American should read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen has crafted a highly readable, fascinating and often depressing tale that spans the almost seven decades in which the Cabrini-Green housing project existed in Chicago. While cert...

    I've once again committed the error of waiting a few weeks to write up a book, which always seems to result in a less immediate and hence less satisfying review. Sorry, because this book was worthwhile if you're interested in the topic. The author tells the story of the notorious p...

    Austen effectively combines a history of Cabrini-Green with big-picture issues like housing policy, policing, and city politics, and close-up stories of the lives of several long term residents. He writes about crime, violence, and drugs, but also the strong community bonds and attachm...