Nicholas Dagen Bloom


On his book Public Housing That Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century

Cover Interview of May 17, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Smart government can create decent social housing.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“If New York can keep up towers, why can’t many cities do a better job maintaining low-rise public housing?”

On the second:

“The old fashioned, often paternalistic, system of control pursued in New York has pretty progressive outcomes: lots of cheap housing for working people in one of the country’s most expensive cities.”