Cedar Riverside now low income housing
The Cedar Riverside apartments for low income housing.
What started out as an ambitious project by some of the most respected community leaders to build urban housing is now nicknamed the â€śslum in the skyâ€? and â€śthe crack stacksâ€?. The joint venture was funded by Gloria Segal and Keith Heller, and designed by our very own Ralph Rapson. The Cedar Riverside apartments replaced dilapidated homes, stores and bars in an urban renewal and was a logical project because it was convenient central location. This high rise building is typical of modern design in the 1970 consisted of 1300 units and quickly turned into an urban nightmare for the residents. I believe the project failed because when so many people of different income, ethnicity and cultures are grouped together they tend to cluster and become isolated. But smaller groups of diverse ethnicity are more likely to get along because now they have to find some thing in common with their neighbor besides their culture. Perhaps it would have been better if the design was more open and consisted of smaller building. Also if the design included overlooking courtyards so neighbors can keep an eye on who came in and out of the buildings. This info was research on the web at http://www.mspmag.com/feature.asp?featureid=3040 . During my search I came across a group called the Central Community Housing Trust (CCHT) http://www.ccht.org/ which worked on a smaller scale but renewed old buildings and worked more to create an environment for a more favorable community. I am really excited about this organization please look at the website and all their projects.