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Von E. Nebbitt is an affiliate professor on the Jane Addams collage of Social paintings on the college of Illinois at Chicago.

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However, the lion’s share of redevelopment targeted distressed high-rise housing developments in select large cities, which only represents approximately 27 percent of the country’s public housing stock (Stoloff 2004). , Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore) had reached such levels of distress that demolition seemed a logical solution. Still, many of the problems for which public housing has become infamous are confined to large family developments in select large cities, such as Pruitt–Igoe in St. Louis and Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago (Stoloff 2004).

This approach is problematic given that most public housing developments share census tracts with low-income neighborhoods and, in certain cities, the central business district (HUDUSER 2009). Few, if any, public housing developments occupy entire census tracts. This approach contributes to ecological fallacies. For a number of reasons, the physical environment within public housing neighborhoods is more than simply a spatial backdrop, an extension of the surrounding neighborhood, or a stage on which family life is lived.

Social work, public health, nonspecialty mental health providers) knowledge bases. , witnessing and victimization by violence, exposure to delinquent peers, access to drugs, household conflict). Still, researchers often enter these environments assuming that public housing is simply a backdrop against which the day-to-day lives of residents are played out. However, it has been documented that the factor structure of depression in African American adolescents living in public housing differs from national samples of African American youth (Nebbitt, Mapson, & Robinson 2011).

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