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

  • Zach
    Mar 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

  • Rob
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Joanne Smith
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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    ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Maureen
    Apr 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Nic
    Feb 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Kyleen
    Feb 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

    ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

  • Rj
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

  • Rich Wolff
    Mar 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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    ...

    ...

  • Krystina
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

  • Emily
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

  • Dkolacinski
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

  • Lana Mitchell
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

  • B. Cheng
    Mar 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

  • Susan
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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  • Robin Case
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

  • Emily Pierce
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

  • Tyler
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

  • Jayde
    Apr 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

  • Joseph Rodota
    Apr 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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  • Dan
    Mar 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...

    It is a special book that makes inert history of a tract of land a living narration of lives, loves, hates, corruption, stereotypes, heartlessness & soul. This is one such work. I too had many misconceptions of what it was like to live in the Cabrini-Green projects, at least until ...

    Ben Austen takes the reader on a journey through public housing through the lens of one infamous housing project and its residents. The book covers the history of Cabrini-Green and the overarching public policy behind its successes, failures, and ultimate demise all while giving the re...

    An engrossing look at a slow motion tragedy that's much too complicated to summarize in a puny review like mine. Suffice it to say that if you're a Chicagoan, you won't know the full story behind Cabrini-Green until you read this book. ...

    Part social commentary, part social activist history, part sociology, and all around great oral history about a swath of 70 acres in Chicago that had a undeserved reputation the world over. Great read.... ...

    Not the academic details of William Julius Wilson or the tug at your heart strings of Alex Kotlowitz, but if you've read those and are looking to learn even more about stories from Cabrini Green, this is a great supplemental book. ...

    4.5 stars ...

    A wonderful look at a huge disaster! Well-written even though the writer is white!!!! ...

    Phenomenal overview of public housing in Chicago. ...

    Boring. Not very well told stories. So dull, so much padding. Good grief. ...

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  • Michael Webb
    Feb 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    this book is incredibly comprehensive - you get personal stories, a multilevel look at local politics, broad and detailed accounts of history - just a ton of perspectives building on each other. the depth of the author's research and the trust he earned from the residents he interviewe...

    add this to your reading list. If you're sad about Trump, sure. But also if you don't get why Rahm is still mayor. If you had your mind blown by Coates writing about redlining, yes. But also if you grew up in the 90s and think of Cabrini as an adjective that describes the violence of t...

    High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of America Public Housing by Ben Austen, was a resource for an article I am writing. To say that I enjoyed the book is an understatement. I found Ben Austen's writing to be easy and quick. I flew through the pages. I liked his organization and th...

    Good overview of the history of Cabrini-Green with enough broader details to give context to the study. Though this is micro-history, it is engaging and is likely to be the standard monograph on the CHA and the Chicago projects in the immediate future. The book does focus in on a few p...