Perhaps this rather lengthy piece about the New York City Housing Authority and its Chairman, John Rhea, in the New York Observer is the authority’s way of combating last month’s New York Daily News assassination attempt? The New York Observer does a good job of talking about the history of public housing; the fact that NYCHA is somewhat different than other housing authorities (sheer size for one); and the role that government has played in preventing the Authority’s progress.
Mayor Bloomber (l) with John Rhea (Ed Reed/Mayor’s Office) via The New York Observer
Puff piece? Probably. Press makeover? Most likely. Yet it’s one of the more balanced and informative pieces about NYCHA in recent weeks. Journalism about housing can be critical of housing leaders and their policies yet educational. Is that too much to ask? (**cough** New York Daily News **cough**). Read the full piece here.