"A Decent Place to Live is a fabulous piece of work. Well-written, candid and engaging, its honesty is refreshing; nothing is swept under the rug. The voices of the tenants carry the story forward, but the transformation of Columbia Point is set in a political context and the impact of government policies is explored. A valuable resource for urban planners, architects, housing policy makers, and developers." —Hubert E. Jones, Assistant Chancellor for Urban Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"I loved this book for two reasons. First, it reclaims a forgotten chapter of Boston's history and describes the remarkable sense of community that existed at Columbia Point during its early days. Second, it provides a blueprint for any state or city that wants to turn poorly planned and badly maintained public housing into wonderfully diverse and exciting places to live."
—Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Northeastern University
Jane Roessner, who holds a Ph.D. in English literature, is a Boston-area writer and film producer with a strong interest in health care and women's issues. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.