The Uptown Kids

The Uptown Kids: Struggle and Hope in the Projects
G.P. Putnam and Sons

The main theme of this book is that housing projects can be good places to raise children and adolescents. They can also become centers for community building, and bases for emergency efforts to enhance children’s safety. Our experience with young people in Harlem tell us that projects should be viewed as centers of neighborhood renewal and islands of hope.


Through the eyes of the young people, we get a new look at the world of urban public housing. The Uptown Kids is a fascinating story of the hopes and aspirations of youths, and the efforts of their parents to maintain the stable environments of the projects while confronting the challenges of the surrounding ghetto neighborhood.

William Julius Wilson

Credentials Lucy Flower University Professor, University of Chicago

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Struggle and Hope in the Projects