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Remaking Public Housing in Duluth .

Goetz, Edward G. and Cecily Schrader.

The Harbor View public housing project in Duluth sat for more than 50 years on the hill just above downtown. According to one resident, it was 'one of the most beautiful areas in Duluth,' with a breathtaking view of Lake Superior. At the same time, the project was physically isolated from the rest of the neighborhood, streets and sidewalks were regularly washed out by water running down the steep site, and apartments were in disrepair and did not meet contemporary standards for size and amenities. In 2003, the Duluth Housing Authority (DHA) received a $20 million Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to tear down the project and replace it with a mixed-income community that would deconcentrate poverty in the area and reintegrate the site with its surrounding neighborhood. The DHA contracted with CURA to conduct an evaluation of the Harbor View redevelopment. This article reports the findings of this evaluation, focusing on the progress of the redevelopment to date and on the relocation of families from the site. The author found that families relocated into a wide variety of neighborhoods, with some moving to higher income neighborhoods with little poverty and economic need and many others simply trading one high-poverty area for another. Survey data showed a range of experiences with the relocation process, from great satisfaction to great dissatisfaction. Similar HOPE VI research across the country reinforces these findings.

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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported through a New Initiative grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
36 (2): 3-8
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