Rutland's Forest Park on the Fed's dole

Unlike the highly skilled linguist whose neologism for abrupt employment termination-de-fenestration-drew on both vivid imagery and Romance language roots, my feeble imitation-deporching-carries neither the grace nor the history of the word invented to describe Harvard's ejection of its then President Lawrence Summer. Summer was tossed (actually, pressured to jump) for the politically incorrect crime of reciting facts involving undergraduate gender preferences in academic departmental enrollment.

My crude invention of deporching (in the gerundive form of the verb) strives, instead, to call up the popular wisdom regarding small dogs which are well advised to stay on the porch so as to avoid dis-advantageous in-the-street involvement with larger members of their own species.

The underlying occasion for this verbal invention is the news from Rutland of the addition of Forest Park to the ever-lengthening list of federally subsidized housing projects which enjoyed only a brief life of tenant occupancy between construction and demolition.

As federal housing projects go, the 75-unit Forest Park is (soon-to-be-was, it's half gone as I write) indeed a little dog. Now it's joining the company of some rather large dogs like Cabrini Green in Chicago and Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis, on the long street-of-failed-and-vanished-public-housing dreams.

The former, sited in a condemned and bulldozed lower-middle-class Lake-Michigan-frontage neighborhood of privately-owned housing once known as Little Sicily, contained some 5,000 units housing some 15,000 people.

As the Wikipedia description notes: "It is surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods, notably the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, just blocks away". The Wikipedia description doesn't note that these are free market, unsubsidized tower-apartment areas, with mid- and high-rise buildings of the basic design types now deemed architecturally inadequate for non-free-market subsidy-recipients, but it does note that the overall neighborhood Median Income is just over $67,000. The C-G project was completed in 1958, demolished in the 1995-2002 time-block, replaced with lower-density, low-rise garden apartments.

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