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Mayor Ray Flynn
[History of public housing in South Boston]
Original Airdate: 10/29/1987

Length: 00:03:21
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Hope Kelly reviews the history of public housing in Boston. Kelly notes that the first public housing project was built in South Boston in the 1930s. She adds that the tenants were all white. Kelly reports that the public housing projects in South Boston remained white even as the non-white tenant population grew in the rest of the city. Kelly's report includes shots of photographs of white and African American public housing tenants in the 1940s and 1960s. Kelly reviews statistics concerning the numbers of white and non-white families on the waiting list for public housing. Kelly reports that the waiting list for public housing in Boston is currently 80% non-white. She notes that the waiting list for white families is shrinking while the waiting list for non-white families is growing. Kelly reports that there are no African American families living in the housing projects in South Boston in 1987. Kelly reports that the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) went into receivership in 1979 due to mismanagement. She notes that Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston) was named receiver of the BHA in 1984. Kelly reports that Flynn must integrate the housing projects, but is likely to meet opposition from South Boston residents. Kelly's report is accompanied by footage of Flynn from the 1983 mayoral campaign and by footage of African American and white public housing tenants.

Contributor : Reporter
Hope Kelly
Format : Tape 5385   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 19920 
VHS cassette 104072 
Betacam cassette 104071 
digital betacam cassette 104070 

Subject : Keywords
Public housing - Integration

Subject : Personal Names
Bulger, William
Flynn, Raymond
Kelly, Hope

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Housing Authority (BHA)
D Street Housing Project
Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development

Subject : Geographic Locations
South Boston (Boston, Mass.)

Type : Genre
News - Television

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