The Limits of Localism: Progressive Housing Policies in Boston (1984-1989)
Urban Affairs Quarterly
Housing policy, federal domestic social program, urban populism, Raymond Flynn, redistributive housing policy
The progressive housing policies of populist Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn are described and analyzed in this article. Flynn's progressive housing policies are contrasted with those of his liberal predecessor, Kevin White. Boston's housing crisis and politics are described. The authors argue that Flynn's progressive housing policies have resulted in better housing conditions for Boston's poor and working-class citizenry, advocacy of progressive housing policies, empowerment of tenant and neighborhood organizations, and development of a nationally recognized model of nonprofit housing. Nevertheless, the authors argue that no city government by itself can solve a city's housing problems equitably without much greater federal assistance than provided currently.
W. Dennis Keating, The Limits of Localism: Progressive Housing Policies in Boston (1984-1989), 26 Urban Affairs Quarterly 191 (1990)