Edward G. Goetz is professor of urban planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is also director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the university. He specializes in housing and local community development planning and policy. His research focuses on issues of race and poverty and how they affect housing policy planning and development. His newest book, The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2018.
A “moral panic” over crime in central cities, combined with a demand for reform of the most troubled public housing developments, led to a profound shift in the late 1980s in how this country housed poor people.