Chet Smolski
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Puritt-Igoe, a purveyor of many a public housing project, has been vastly criticized for its failures and etcetera in providing adequate, well designed and resourced public housing (particularly in its St. Louis project). Public housing in Providence is no different than this problematic history, mostly due to underfunding and a many of the Providence Housing Authority projects being established during times of segregation and coerced rather than intentional Civil Rights bill enactings. P-I has since been turned into Avalon Apartments, no longer a public housing project nor affiliated to the "myth" as another sad reality of public housing in Providence.


Bibliography: Woodward, W.M. McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence Preservation Society, 2003. pp. 304. Bristol, Katharine G. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.” Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 44, no. 3, 1991, pp. 163–171. Heathcott, Joseph. "Planning Note: Pruitt-Igoe and the Critique of Public Housing." Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 78, no. 4, Sept. 2012, pp. 450-451. Campbell, Paul. "A Community Apart: A History of Public Housing in Providence." Rhode Island Publications Society, 2007, pp. 215-244.


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Center Place, capital city, rental housing, housing development, city planning, public housing