Austin is in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis. East Austin’s 78702 zip code is one of the most gentrified zip codes in the nation. In the white paper A Jewel in the Violet Crown — A People’s Plan to Preserve Austin’s Public Housing, Preserve Rosewood answers in great detail the “how” and […]
Fred McGhee speaks with Alan Campbell at KOOP Radio’s People United on September 27, 2015 (1 hour).
Were you aware that Austin’s housing authority is the oldest in the nation? And that Rosewood and Santa Rita Courts are the oldest United States Housing Authority developments in the country? Construction began in 1938 and was completed in 1939. Not only was it the first modern housing in Austin, it was the first multifamily […]
In less than 4 minutes, Fred McGhee explains, in plain terms, why you should help preserve Rosewood Courts.
Misunderstanding, miseducation and misinformation are swirling about the Rosewood Courts case. This document is to state the FACTS and why it is important and the right thing to do to support the preservation of Rosewood Courts as is. Q: Does preservation of rosewood courts prevent the Housing Authority from renovating the property? A: No. Q: […]
The landscape at Austin’s historic Rosewood Courts is one of the housing project’s most noteworthy features. It was designed in 1938 by Charles Coatsworth Pinkney, who studied with Frederick Law Olmsted in Boston. Some of the trees are original to the site, but most were planted over 75 years ago when the housing project was […]
Dr. Fred L. McGhee explains how and why the penitentiary and public housing are two of the defining institutions that have influenced black life and culture in the twentieth century. He then discusses Rosewood Courts in Austin, Texas, the nation’s oldest USHA (United States Housing Authority) project built for African Americans.
Dr. Fred McGhee, author of the national register nomination for the Rosewood Courts Historic District, testifies before the City of Austin Historic Landmarks Commission on December 16, 2013. The commission unanimously voted to support the nomination.
The State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission ignores its own federal guidance to ignore the political circumstances behind a national register nomination and votes to delay the nomination for the Rosewood Courts Historic District to its May, 2014 meeting in Corpus Christi. The reasons the maker of the motion to delay gave […]