Thursday, February 11, 2010

Renée Glover, public housing chief, has a blog

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:19 PM

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Renée Glover, CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority, has joined the ranks of local bloggers with a new, AHA-sponsored entry, Lessons Learned. So far, only two posts, the latest of which, "The Road to Restoring Human Dignity," seeks to explain and defend her decision to bulldoze the city's crime-ridden housing projects:

Because of failed public policies and low expectations, the public housing program in Atlanta became a system that created an institutionalized culture of poverty for people who were temporarily down on their luck. Temporary became permanent for most, recycling itself to fit generations of families.

As you likely know, Glover has been at the vanguard of the creation of a new national paradigm for public housing in which low-income residents are, ideally, integrated into mixed-income communities.

Apart from a few glitches in the transformation — say, Clayton County — Glover's model has largely been deemed a success.

But I gotta say, the woman needs to ease up on her blogging style. The post cited above is some 1,800 words long! That's not a blog post; that's a thesis. Here's some advice, Renée: Don't shoot your wad all at once. Until you develop a natural blogging rhythm, try to keep your posts under 200 words so you'll have something to say the next time. And welcome to the game!

(Photo courtesy Alisias)

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