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Valuable Pursuit Valuable Pursuit

The apartment community was named JFK Manor, after America's murdered president. But in Richmond, Calif., the public housing complex had earned an entirely different moniker to go with those initials: Just For Killers. In fact, things were so bad at the drug-infested, 324-unit complex where gunfire kept residents awake at night that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had labeled it as the worst public housing community in Northern California. At one point, the agency had nearly given up any hope for turning the project around, and foreclosing on the community seemed a real, if unpalatable, possibility in a tight and notoriously unaffordable rental market. Read more

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