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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CMHA Posters, Cooler Than You Think

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Ever think that posters made by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority would be dug up from archives at the Library of Congress and recognized as... cool?

The Atlantic Cities has a small gallery of CMHA posters from what looks like the mid-20th century. Here's what they had to say:

Former City Councilman Ernest Bohn spearheaded the creation of the CMHA. Initially seen as a "socialist" concept, Bohn struggled to sell local politicians and landlords on the virtues of public housing. Once the CMHA was created, however, Cleveland quickly developed a reputation as having some of the most innovative approaches to creating and maintaining housing projects, many of which still operate today.

Most of these posters use modernist type alignment and graphics while showcasing happy children and families inside the new projects as opposed to NYCHA's posters of the same era and style, which focused more on the dangers of not accepting the virtues of public housing.

Definitely not what we thought we'd be reading about today.


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