I didn't remember ACORN being one of the players- ISTR most of them were
local do-gooder groups and associations, most of them only one notch
away from being faith-based organizations. (ie, most of the board
members were preachers and church elders and such.) HUD signed a
contract with them to manage certain properties, and gave them the
authority to boot troublemakers and druggies and non-payers. (the latter
not being a big issue, since most of these places are section 8, and the
tenant never actually sees the money.) They also threw defensible
perimeters around most of the places, or at least made them into
cul-de-sacs by blocking most of the street entry points, and arranged
with the cops to have a heavy presence with mini-stations and such.
A place like that would feel like a prison to me, but to a young mama
with 10 year old kids, who heretofore was afraid to let them play
outside, it might look pretty good.
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