It's no surprise some public projects work better on paper than they do in reality. What is surprising is the example SHA is using to declare High Point a high watermark for urban redesign.
When we called Tom Phillips, the senior development program manager for the SHA (who has been using federal money to fund projects like High Point), to see how the community has been doing recently, he said High Point is a success not just because of who lives there, but because of who is no longer living there as well.
Said Phillips: "Another thing to help measure the impact of High Point is the cemetery just to the east of High Point. The head of the cemetery told me the number of burials since High Point redeveloped doubled. People must have felt OK with burying their relatives [after the redevelopment]."
However you want to interpret that morbid fact, it's a pretty strange way to try to persuade the public that these mixed-income living arrangements are getting better with time.