Fannie Mae Foundation

Stimulated by Wilson's contentions in "The Truly Disadvantaged" about the deleterious consequences of concentrated poverty, policy makers have considered various ways of creating mixed-income communities. Lake Parc Place is a bold effort to create mixed-income housing in buildings that were formerly a traditional low-income housing project and that are still owned by the Chicago Housing Authority. Low rents and promises of safety have attracted a sufficient number of nonproject residents to fill half the units at Lake Parc Place. This article examines whether these residents feel safe and satisfied, and whether they interact and form friendships with neighbors, get involved in volunteer activities at Lake Parc Place, and support rule enforcement. The authors present findings from a large survey of Lake Parc Place residents and from in-depth interviews with a subset of the survey sample. In conclusion, the authors find that Lake Parc Place accomplished the prerequisites for making mixed-income housing into a community.

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