High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Ben Austen (Author)
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Publish Date
February 13, 2018
6.2 X 1.3 X 8.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Ben Austen has written for many publications, including Harper's Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and New York magazine. He lives in Chicago.


"[High-Risers] is a finely crafted biography of an urban community."--Library Journal Advance Review
"Ben Austen's High-Risers is not merely the definitive history of the life and death of America's most iconic housing project, but a clear-eyed assessment of what happened to public housing as a national ideal and why it happened."--David Simon, creator of The Wire
"Ben Austen has emerged over the last five years as one of the most serious and thoughtful new American reporters. He writes with a deceptively smooth and borderline conversational style that keeps pages turning, but he has something rarer, too: the patience to keep with a subject until it yields up unfamiliar questions. This book was years in the making and in some way Austen's whole life in the making. In it a neighborhood becomes a character, a protagonist, but the character has inside it real human beings. Austen convinced me that my understanding of what goes on inside 'the projects' had been about as deep as a cop show. We need more books like this from him."--John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead
"Austen writes with a lyrical, poetic affection for the four main characters. Here we see there are as many Cabrini-Green origin stories as there were people living in Cabrini-Green. To merely stereotype is to willfully ignore each resident's humanity. Austen deftly tells the stories of Wilson, Fleming, Cannon and another woman, Annie Ricks, without distance, bringing readers intimately into their lives. It is compelling writing, sure to separate Austen's work from other, more anthropological examinations of Cabrini-Green."--Chicago Tribune
"[Austen] ties the history of Cabrini-Green to broad economic, political, and social trends that played a pivotal role in the creation and undoing not only of Cabrini-Green, but also of much of America's public housing... [presenting] the history of Cabrini-Green in such a way that invites subtle questions with no easy answers... The high-rises are gone and, in time, the high-risers will go with them. But the lessons of Cabrini-Green still weigh on us all."--South Side Weekly
"Provides many powerful insights...A weighty and robust history of a people disappeared from their own community."--Kirkus
"The passages about Cabrini-Green residents, interspersed among chapters about the history of the projects, take the reader into the drama of life in African-American communities...Austen combines archival work with empirical research. The hundreds of hours he spent interviewing the residents of Cabrini-Green often give his prose the depth of a novel."--New York Review of Books
"....a local history of profound national relevance... Austen's fascinating narrative demands much consideration." --Booklist (starred review)