The public housing facility Cabrini-Green, once home to 20,000 Chicago residents, provides the basis for Ben Austen's exploration of America's public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. Told movingly through the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the demise of the housing complex, High Risersconstitutes a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America, as it considers what went wrong in the effort to provide affordable housing to the poor and what can be learned from those mistakes.


This event is part of Evanston History Center's "Under the Buffalo" lecture series. A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 p.m. and a book signing follows the presentation, with Bookends & Beginnings selling copies of the book.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Evanston History Center
Evanston, IL 60201
High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062235060
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Published: Harper - February 13th, 2018