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225 FROM THE READING ROOM Paradise Lost Mitch Kahn When Public Housing Was Paradise: Building Community in Chicago J.S. Fuerst University of Illinois Press. 2004. 264 pp. $20 (paperback) Available in bookstores and also atwww.nhi.org/online/issues/bksrev.html When the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) released its “Plan for Transformaation in January 2000, it was a public acknowledgment of CHA’s abject failure to provide safe, habitable, and well-managed housing for the 38,000 households residing...

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