WINNIPEG, MB – Good Places to Live: Poverty and Public Housing in Canada written by The University of Winnipeg’s Professor and Director of Urban and Inner-City Studies, Dr. Jim Silver will be launched on Wednesday April 13, 8:00 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, Prairie Ink Restaurant. Silver contends that public housing projects can be good places to live – if the political will exists.
Public housing projects are stigmatized and stereotyped as bad places to live, as havens of poverty, illegal activity and violence. In many cities they are being bulldozed, ostensibly for these reasons, but also because the land on which they are located has become so valuable. In Good Places to Live, Silver argues that the problems with which it is so often associated are not inherent to public housing but are the result of structural inequalities and neo-liberal government policies.
Jim Silver is Professor and Director of Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. His research and publishing are focused on inner-city, poverty-related and community development issues. A professor at the University of Winnipeg, he has received the UW’s Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UW’s Atchison Award for Community Service and the Joe Zuken Citizen Activist Award, and was the 2007 recipient of the UW’s Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research.
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