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Now an HBO miniseries
Not in my backyard - that's the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.


Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their places? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas' Common Ground.
A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives.

©2015 Lisa Belkin (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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By Jack on 06-29-16

very sad what happened to the mayor.

this story is very eye-opening because it deals with government over step and how people believe that integration should be forced it should not be forced it should be something that comes natural and if you work hard to live somewhere and buy a nice house and live in a nice neighborhood no matter what color you are you should be able to live in that place without being forced to live with others who do not put as much work and who do not put as much money into the system as you do

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