From the New Deal to a "Great Deal"



Jack Delano/Library of Congress


During the 1930s, the government hired photographers to document the toll the Great Depression was having on average Americans (all the previous photos I’ve featured fall into that category). The photographers were also asked to shoot the huge government projects that were part of the New Deal. In Chicago, Jack Delano captured the opening the Ida B. Wells housing project in 1941. For the city’s poor, who had been living in substandard housing, the low-rise buildings provided decent apartments for decades after the Great Depression. But by the 1980s, the projects became a symbol of urban poverty and decay, just the issues that the original project was meant to fix.

Today the site is being developed again with the hopes of eliminating the same problems. But this time officials are betting on a mixed income development with private homeownership and rentals. Almost all the original buildings have now been torn down. Oakwood Shores, as the area is now called, offers "great deals:" condos from $179,900 and houses for $699,900 as well as apartments reserved for low-income renters like those in the original Ida B. Wells project.



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By Travis Fox  |  October 28, 2008; 7:20 AM ET  | Category:  Then and Now
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Comments



Which candidate has a better chance of improving race relations ?
This is something that young voters can and will find irrelevant in the future.
It's the old fools that bring the baggage of the past. fear and hate, like old stinking garbage outlines the policies and personalities of the (grand) old party.
It will take a new generational leader like Obama to bridge the gap between today and the future.

Posted by: ukeman | October 30, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

FDR had a great and inspirational vision for a new, noble nation where we would all have jobs with a living wage and take proper care of our older and sick citizens... but government didn't follow through and allowed misappropriation of the funds paid in for special interests by Senators and pet projects by congressmen, like unfinished highways and bridges to nowhere...
A concerted campaign of greed and selfishness have stolen all the contributions hard-earned on the broken backs of our trusting workers; and now even their 401K's are attacked.

Posted by: TerrifiedAmerican | October 31, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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