Polly Spain’s been around the block a few times. In fact, she’s been the tenant association president of the public housing development she lives in for almost a decade! Public housing developments like Polly’s house over 400,000 low-income New Yorkers from all walks of life. Join Mel and Stef as they step into Polly’s world and learn the mechanisms behind concentrated urban poverty. In Polly’s own words, ‘it’s an industry’.
Over 400,000 people live in New York City’s 326 public housing developments across the five boroughs.
About one in every nine NYC public school students lived in public housing in 2008.
Further reading on New York City public housing infrastructure: