Hillside Homes

One of my last posts from here is about another remarkable place in the Bronx. Hillside Homes was the first public housing built through the New Deal and more evidence of what government for the people, not private developers, can do, especially in an emergency. (Any similarity with today’s situation is purely non-coincidental.) Hillside Homes… Continue reading Hillside Homes


A few quick thoughts on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), about which there is a lot more to say. It’s the biggest landlord in the city, with 175,000 homes for about 400,000 people. Its first development (called First Houses) was opened in 1935. At the opening ceremony, Harry Hopkins, one of President Roosevelt’s… Continue reading NYCHA