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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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Colonial Projects

Colonial Projects

Public Housing and the Management of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1945–1970

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Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Vanessa Rosa

NYU Press

This chapter examines the settlement of Puerto Ricans in public housing in New York City. I examine demographic data, housing statistics from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and city documents to trace the history of Puerto Ricans in New York City public housing from 1945 to 1970. I argue that public housing became a tool in the differential incorporation of Puerto Ricans, incorporating them into the urban landscape through exclusionary policies that prevented people of color from having access to equitable and decent housing opportunities. The housing of Puerto Ricans offers a glimpse into how Puerto Ricans were differentially incorporated in public housing in New York City, while maintaining a precarious colonial and second-class status.

Keywords:   public housing, Puerto Ricans, New York City, colonialism, c

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