Message - Re: Thesis on rejuvenating a slum

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Posted by  Harry Pasternak on August 14, 2003 at 12:16:19:

In Reply to:  Re: Thesis on rejuvenating a slum posted by Jim on August 10, 2003 at 05:57:00:

I am not too sure how the bible figures into this. But learn from the social workers, architects and politicians in Toronto who decided to clear out a downtown "slum" - where multi-generational "no education/poor people" had their community.

The social workers, architects, politicinas etc. moved the "no education/poor people" to crappy apartment buildings into far off suburbia. Then bulldozed blocks and blocks of "slums". Then built the most sterile non-functional housing you can imagine and then moved the "no education/poor people" back downtown. 20 years later I was hired to go into this new real slum to improve the quality of life for people trapped there. The head social worker whose idea it was to bulldoze the original "slum" said it was the worst mistake that could have possibly been made. He said if he could reverse everything back - he would.

By the way, similar "slum" houses adjacent to this redevelopment are now selling for millions! The British archictect Erskine says the difference between a good architect and a useless architect is that a good architect loves people. The architects who did Regent Park (described above) didn't love these people.

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