The problem with public housing is that the residents are not the owners. The people who live in the house did not earn the house, but were merely loaned the property by the actual owners, the taxpayers. Because of this, the residents do not have the “pride of ownership.” That comes with the hard work necessary to become owners. In fact, quite the opposite happens. The residents resent their benefactors, because the very house is a constant reminder that they themselves have not earned the right to live in the house. They neither appreciate the value of the property nor understand the need to maintain or respect it in any way. The result is the same, whether one is talking about either a studio apartment or a magnificent mansion full of priceless antiques. If the people who live there do not feel they’ve earned the privilege of occupancy, they will make this obvious through their actions.
Note the common theme of the following photographs…..