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Author: Clarence Page,Alexander Polikoff
ISBN: 0810123444
Subcategory: Americas
Pages 422 pages
Publisher Northwestern University Press; 1st edition (January 30, 2006)
Language English
Category: History
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by Clarence Page,Alexander Polikoff


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Continue reading the main story. Waiting for Gautreaux. A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto. By Alexander Polikoff. Northwestern University Press. While such numbers made little dent on the overall segregation and deprivation of Chicago's black poor, the program demonstrably improved the lives of those who escaped. The Gautreaux case, then, is surely a story worth telling. And Polikoff, as the lead attorney in the case, should be the right person to tell it.

Alexander Polikoff served for twenty-nine years as executive director of BPI, Business and Professional People for . Polikoff is the recipient of a 2006 The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alexander Polikoff served for twenty-nine years as executive director of BPI, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a Chicago public interest law and policy center. He is the author of many articles on urban affairs and of Housing the Poor: The Case for Heroism (Ballinger, 1977). He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, a writer of fiction for young people, and continues to work at BPI.

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This is an inspiring and fascinating book. The story of Alex Polikoff and his forty-year crusade to bring the constitutional promise of equality to public housing is dramatic evidence that lawyers-and the law-can still be a force for progress in the United States. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of the dream of integration. In

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All the new public housing, it seemed, was going into black neighborhoods

All the new public housing, it seemed, was going into black neighborhoods. Sometimes Kafkaesque, sometimes simply inspiring, and never less than absorbing, the story of Gautreaux, told by its principal lawyer, moves with ease through local and national civil rights history, legal details, political matters, and the personal costs-and rewards-of a commitment to fairness, equality, and justice.

It is common knowledge that racial segregation is not restricted to the South

It is common knowledge that racial segregation is not restricted to the South.

Winner, 2006 The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement AwardOn his thirty-ninth birthday in 1966, Alexander Polikoff, a volunteer ACLU attorney and partner in a Chicago law firm, met some friends to discuss a pro bono case. Over lunch, the four talked about the Chicago Housing Authority construction program. All the new public housing, it seemed, was going into black neighborhoods. If discrimination was prohibited in public schools, wasn't it also prohibited in public housing?And so began Gautreaux v. CHA and HUD, a case that from its rocky beginnings would roll on year after year, decade after decade, carrying Polikoff and his colleagues to the nation's Supreme Court (to face then-solicitor general Robert Bork); establishing precedents for suits against the discriminatory policies of local housing authorities, often abetted by HUD; and setting the stage for a nationwide experiment aimed at ending the concentration--and racialization--of poverty through public housing. Sometimes Kafkaesque, sometimes simply inspiring, and never less than absorbing, the story of Gautreaux, told by its principal lawyer, moves with ease through local and national civil rights history, legal details, political matters, and the personal costs--and rewards--of a commitment to fairness, equality, and justice. Both the memoir of a dedicated lawyer, and the narrative of a tenacious pursuit of equality, this story--itself a critical, still-unfolding chapter in recent American history--urges us to take an essential step in ending the racial inequality that Alexis de Toqueville prophetically named America's "most formidable evil."
Ausstan
This book is a memoir, it is not really an objective review of affordable housing issues. Polikoff comes at this from a certain political perspective, but regardless of how one feels about public housing and the people who live in public housing, Gautreaux is primarily a story about a city agency that broke the law and Polikoff's struggle to enforce a court order to remedy the actions of the city.

I very much enjoyed the book, but I too come from a certain political perspective. My biggest gripe with the book was that Polikoff admits the mistakes that were made in the case, but he doesn't really explore the implications of those mistakes, which, in my opinion, were significant.
Beydar
The Bible to understang Gautreaux!
Insanity
Not only a"great read" but a thrilling story of one good man's (and superb lawyers)
40 year fight against Racial segregation in housing.
Dorizius
This book is excellent portrayal of the events around the saga that was the Gautreaux case. Not only did this case change the law, but ultimately thousands of lives in the city of Chicago. Alex Polikoff's narrative is easy to read and he reveals an insider's perspective of the machinations in the halls of power from Mayor Daley's City Hall to the Supreme Court of the United States. For anyone acquainted with or interested in segregation, urban development, and welfare reform, this book represents an excellent addition to one's library.