Public Housing in Cleveland: A History of Firsts
Arguably, Cleveland is the birthplace of public housing. Ernest J. Bohn pushed for the development of public housing, which led to Cleveland being the home of many national public housing firsts. This list includes, but is not limited to, the first public housing law, first public housing authority (Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority), and the first federal housing project. See a timeline of events.
This exhibit documents the visual history of the development of public housing in Cleveland using photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection.
For Further Study:
- From The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:
- Do I dare disturb the universe? : from the projects to prep school by Charlise Lyles (Faber & Faber, ©1994)
- Genius in public housing : an anthology/writings from residents of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cleveland, Ohio (Gregory Pub. Co., ©1998)
- Promises of Power: a political autobiography by Carl B. Stokes (©1974) [p. 123-124 in particular deal with the CMHA and public housing]