As the only person to have managed housing authorities for all three of the nation’s largest cities, Joseph Shuldiner, current director of the Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority, has a unique and invaluable perspective on what it takes to make public housing work.
Unexpected stalactites drip down from the ceilings. Along the center of the tracks are rills. Somehow in the subways, there is always water. Pulled by gravity, it moves through the small spaces in concrete and soil – technically called pores - and seeps out through the tile grout. Like the puddle we step over at the corner, most of us don’t spend much time thinking about how the water got there or where it’s going...