Buildings in Disrepair and Disputes Leave Northgate Tenants to Battle Stigma

January, 1972

Throughout the 70s and into the 80s Northgate suffered from stigmas that came partly from stereotypes about residents who live in “affordable housing”, but also from the reality of a poorly maintained development with rising incidents of crime.  The buildings at Northgate began to fall into disrepair very quickly, in part because they were not built to last beyond their 20 year mortgage. The state of the complex showed that Northgate’s owners were unconcerned with the residents’ safety and wellbeing or the neighborhood’s quality of life.

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