Just City: The History of Mitchell-Lama Housing on the Upper West Side

Just City: The History of Mitchell-Lama Housing on the UWS w/ Jennifer Baum

Join author Jennifer Baum for a virtual talk about her recently released book, Just City: Growing Up on the Upper West Side When Housing Was a Human Right!
  • Uncover the history and influence of the Mitchell-Lama housing program
  • Learn about the evolution of the West Side Urban Renewal Area
  • Discover how the Mitchell-Lama housing program changed the Upper West Side by fostering community, collectivism, and tolerance in brutalist buildings
  • Examine the flaws in the program which allowed for privatization

About the event:

In this virtual talk, author Jennifer Baum explores the history of the Mitchell-Lama housing program. Baum will share insights into the program’s major role in revitalizing the Upper West Side in the 1960s and 70s by building integrated communities where “cooperators” took collective action. She will outline how flaws in the Mitchell-Lama housing program allowed for privatization of affordable housing in a climate of increasing gentrification of the neighborhood.

About Jennifer Baum

Jennifer Baum is a filmmaker turned writer. Her writing has been published in New York Daily News, Guernica, Jacobin, The Village Voice, The Phoenix Jewish News, Canadian Jewish Outlook, The Jewish Observer Los Angeles, MUTHA, Hip Mama, and Newfound, which nominated her essay “A Different Set of Rules” for a Pushcart award. Baum teaches composition at Montclair State University and occasionally works as a freelance editor, most recently for a series of reports for the World Bank on poverty in Ghana.

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