Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

12-1971

Description

The Roger Williams Housing Project was built in 1943 to address housing issues for the low-income residents of Providence. The project was considered a success for the first fifteen years of its existence, with a strong residents association and federal support. When federal funding for maintenance was cut in the 1960s, the buildings and grounds fell into disrepair. By 1970, all but one of the buildings was boarded and abandoned. All but two of the original buildings were demolished to make room for Mandela Woods, a townhouse style low-income development.

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http://www3.providenceri.com/ONS/neighborhoods/lower-south-providence

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Building Type

Apartment building

Themes

Urban Development

Subject Headings

Housing -- Low-income Housing; Housing -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban poor;

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Keywords

housing, abandoned; public housing; low-income housing;

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