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Reporter Meg Vaillancourt at the Old Colony housing project
[South Boston residents talk about housing integration]
Original Airdate: 6/16/1988

Length: 00:03:04
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Meg Vaillancourt reports that South Boston residents are opposed to the city's plans to integrate public housing projects. Vaillancourt notes that residents were hostile to Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston) when he attended a community meeting in South Boston to discuss plans for integration. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of Flynn and Doris Bunte (Boston Housing Authority) at the community meeting. The audience jeers at Flynn. Vaillancourt notes that South Boston residents have not changed their attitudes in the face of evidence that the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) practices discrimination against African American tenants of public housing. Vaillancourt interviews South Boston public housing residents about public housing integration. Many residents are opposed to integration. Some fear that the quality of life in the projects will decline after the housing projects are integrated. Others say that racial violence will be a result of integration. A few residents are not bothered by the prospect of integration. Vaillancourt notes that the controversy over public housing integration evokes memories of the busing crisis in the 1970s. Vaillancourt's report is accompanied by footage of white tenants of South Boston housing projects.

Contributor : Reporter
Meg Vaillancourt
Format : Tape 5826   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 100702 
VHS cassette 104269 
Betacam cassette 104285 
digital betacam cassette 104284 

Subject : Keywords
Public housing - Integration

Subject : Personal Names
Bunte, Doris
Flynn, Raymond
Vaillancourt, Meg

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Housing Authority (BHA)

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

Type : Genre
News - Television

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