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The Story Behind PublicHousingStories.com
Only a short time after having won her battle with a serious illness, Rosemary Reeves became a former cancer patient turned public housing blogger. As a child, Reeves lived in Liddonfield Housing project, located in the midst of an otherwise middle-class neighborhood. When her family crossed the social class divide by moving out of the projects, they faced the long-held resentment of homeowners who wanted to keep public housing residents from moving in. It was that childhood experience with public housing stigma that inspired PublicHousingStories.com, which began as a simple online tribute to the generations of tenants who lived in Liddonfield and a means to tell their side of the story.
Viewers of PublicHousingStories.com include current and former public housing residents, housing authority employees, local politicians, journalists, social scientists, realtors interested in partnering with HUD to build and run mixed-income neighborhoods as well as residents of northeast Philadelphia where Liddonfield Housing Project was located.
Aaron Proctor, writer for the Examiner.com, Libertarian and guest commentator on Fox News, interviewed the founder of PublicHousingStories.com in regard to local public housing politics in his December 29, 2010 article, Inside the PHA: A Talk With Rosemary Reeves.
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