U.S.A. / 2013
"In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high-rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity" - GoodReads. I am thrilled that a book like this exists. I've always been fascinated by the disaster that was public housing (AKA the projects) in Chicago. The lazily-designed, imposing, dreary, too-tall, caged-in buildings, to me, represented an incredibly inhumane method of housing human beings. Cabrini Green, in particular, was a "vertical ghetto;" a site that served as a microcosm for so many things wrong with America's treatment of Black people and the trickle-down effect it had in our own homes. Another reason I am dying to get my hands on this book is because some of my own family grew up in the projects in Chicago.