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Driven from New Orleans: How Nonprofits Betray Public Housing and Promote Privatization

John Arena


In the early 1980s the tenant leaders of New Orleans St. Thomas public housing development and their community activist allies were militant, uncompromising defenders of the city’s public housing communities. They led sit-ins, spoke out at public hearings, and denounced attempts by developers to seize their homes and disperse their communities. Yet ten years later, the St. Thomas community leaders and their activist allies forged a partnership with the city’s most powerful real estate developer to privatize the development and create a new racially integrated, “mixed-income” community that wou ... More

Keywords: Public Housing, Privatization, Non-Profits, Neoliberalism, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Gentrification, Post-Civil Rights Black Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677467
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Arena, author
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, CUNY College of Staten Island