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Hi! I’m Poor!

Hi! I’m Poor!

A cheery WPA Art Project poster from 1940 for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. View full size. Old photos to resume in a few short hours.

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I don't know what Woodhill was like in the '40's, but today it is predominantly African-American. Recently a Cleveland politician died. When these housing projects were proposed he tried to get single dwelling homes with space between them. Instead huge tenements were built that have led to political corruption and disrepair. Maybe someone with knowledge of the CHMA can give an accurate history.

Black or White?

That guy looks pretty dark to me. Must be one of the lucky three percent.

not amazed

"I'm constantly amazed at how little Americans know about their own country."

Well, ya know... There's just a whole hell of a lot to know about America and it's difficult to know it all.

But thanks for spackling in some of the gaps.


Those wanting to live in such places had to qualify before they were allowed to apply. That meant that someone in the family had to have a full-time job (or, later on, be at war), the family income had to be below a certain level depending on family size, and (most importantly) every member of the family had to be of the "right" race, ie. generally white. Less than 3% of social housing was assigned to blacks despite the fact that 30% of inadequately housed families at the time were black. Of course, a black person couldn't apply for "white" social housing.

I'm constantly amazed at how little Americans know about their own country.

It's not shame to be poor...

Dear God, you made many, many poor people.
I realize, of course, that it's no shame to be poor.
But it's no great honor either!
So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?

There's no shame in being poor

There's no shame in being poor, although we have certainly been taught to believe the opposite. Why do you equate poverty with low rents? Is it inconceivable that the non-rich would want to pay low rent? I'm poor, yet I pay high rent for my apartment.

I don't normally use this

I don't normally use this but ....LOL.. at your heading..

happiest poor guy ever.

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