At his death, Alfred White was eulogized as “the great heart and master-mind of Brooklyn’s better self” for his many forward-looking innovations in low-income housing. White promoted the welfare of poor children, enlisted others to this work and insisted that rapidly growing Brooklyn retain a sense of community values. At a time when the divide between rich and poor is increasing, this book highlights the important work of this turn-of-the-century social visionary.
The seven essays in The Social Vision of Alfred T. White,edited by Wendy Walker, each examine an aspect of White’s work or a conclusion to be drawn from it, with a focus on housing. PPS Senior Vice President Kathy Madden contributes an essay.