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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was created in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression to provide badly-needed housing to New York City's many working families. At first the NYCHA focused on rehabilitating and remodeling existing tenements in the Lower East Side to transform them into public housing. Many of these early rebuilds - such as the "First Houses" - still survive and function as public housing today. By the late 1930s it was clear that large developments with new buildings would need to be built to keep up with demand.
In the 1930s and early 1940s, the NYCHA began construction of housing projects on a massive scale. These first few projects were actually low-rise apartment blocks, not the drab high-rise towers we associate with public housing today. It was only in the postwar era when the Corbusian "tower in the park" concept was adopted for most public housing in New York and the rest of the US.
Beginning in the 1970s and accelerating through the 1990s to today, most American cities have demolished their high-rise housing projects as politics and social and economic realities have changed the government's approach to public housing. Focus has shifted from the construction of high-rise towers to the provision of housing vouchers for private housing units instead. Some cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit have demolished their high-rise housing projects and have begun replacing them with modern rowhouses, detached houses, or low-rise apartment blocks to provide a mix of subsidized and market-rate housing. So far, New York City has resisted this trend. It has experimented with the construction of smaller-scale mixed income housing, but the city has no plans to demolish its existing public housing for the foreseeable future.
There are fifteen growable residential lots included in this set- each lot is named after a real housing project in New York City. Each lot has a different arrangement of housing blocks; thus all the lots have different stats. The stage 6, 7, and 8 lots are CAMpatible (but do not require the CAM) and the stage 9 and 10 lots are CAMeLOTs (they require the CAM). The lots will only grow on high-density residential zones- it helps to hold down the CTRL key when zoning areas large enough for these lots. All fifteen lots will be installed into your plugins folder when you run the installer; simply delete any lots you don't want after running the installer. For example, you may wish to keep only the 5x2 and 5x5 lots if you want to grow these housing towers within small city blocks or you may wish to keep only the larger 5x10, 10x10, and 15x15 lots if you want to grow these housing towers on large expanses of land.
This is the second of three NYC housing project sets. Keep an eye on the LEX for the next set in the series!
See the readme for stats and other details.
(1) BSC Essentials - for the lot queries
(2) BSC Textures Vol. 1 - for the base and overlay textures
(3) BSC Textures Vol. 2 - for the base and overlay textures
(4) BSC Textures Vol. 3 - for the base and overlay textures
(5) BSC Mega Props SG Vol. 1 - for miscellaneous props
(6) BSC Mega Props CP Vol. 1 - for miscellaneous props
(7) BSC Mega Props Misc. Vol. 1 - for miscellaneous props
(8) BSC Mega Props Misc. Vol. 2 - for miscellaneous props
(9) Colossus Addon Mod - required for the stage 9 and 10 lots only
Many, many thanks to Rooker1 for lotting these housing project sets! I would also like to thank Chrisadams3997, Diggis, Vester, and Wouanagaine for their help in solving graphic issues with the second housing project set. My thanks also go to the rest of the BSC team for their never-ending help, feedback, and support and to everyone who left comments and suggestions on this project in my SC4D BAT thread.
|Homie Lamar||Thanks a lot for this.||2016/03/07|
|Disasterjunkie||The projects in NYC has basket ball courts on their roof tops? damn that is wicked.||2014/07/08|
|mafiakiva||Love the way the dependencies are stated and the compile of Info. THANKS A LOT.||2012/11/06|
|bluedragyn1||ty i love these||2012/06/17|
|sejr99999||thank you fantastic mega lots beautiful recreation of these love all the detail like laundry etc||2010/12/12|
|Rebs07||I love them, its awesmoe to see real world projects like this come to life, makes the game more real. Plz keep them coming. You've done an awesome job. Thank you very much.||2010/01/18|
|palmtown||thank you very much !! :D||2009/12/26|
|marcszar||Phireva: It's available here: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1873||2009/06/09|
|phireva||Tell me where can I Find your NYC Projects set 1 ?||2009/05/28|
|phireva||HELLO , I'M FROM NEW YORK CITY AND NOW lIVE IN VIRGINIA , MOVING HERE AFTER 54 YEARS IN THE BIG APPLE AND I LOVE YOUR HOUSING PROJECT'S , I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU COULD DO ONE FOR ME OF THE ST. NICHOLAS HOUSES AND EVEN OF THE WHOLE NEW YORK CITY ( FIVE BOUROGH'S ) PROJECTS THAT WOULD BE GREAT AS I WILL PUT TOGETHER A MAP OF NEW YORK IF I CAN FIND ONE. THEY LOOK GREAT AND I WILL BE WAITING FOR THE NEXT SET TO COME OUT.||2009/05/28|
|boybetterknow92||would you be able to build some of the uk council estates (houseing prodjects), or perhaps just some off the grity towers to make my city more diverse?||2009/04/16|
|Lifelookingforstyle||stunning! the only tidbit I can make about this is mulford gardens weren't high rises! and they were/are in Yonkers (they're currently being demolished). Other than that this is an incredible set, I love all of your nyc and rowhouse new york sets! please keep it up!!||2009/03/04|
|firefighter57||WELCOME TO THE BRONX BABY! I love it! Makes me feel at home!||2009/02/28|
|marcszar||Extrenix- See my BAT thread; Robin discussed some ways to increase the probability of getting megalots like these to grow. ;)||2009/02/25|
|extrenix||Any tricks to have these to grow ? It is damn hard to do :S||2009/02/25|
|skycity92||If its not too much trouble, do you think you could make one more set that feature a set with a "*" design as I have noticed on some housing projects. I can't think of the names but you're bound to find some pics. thanks.||2009/02/24|
|marcszar||Skycity- You're right. But since I am a mere human, I ended up BATting only 3 types of housing projects (The "+", "x", and "-" forms) out of the many hundreds of types in NYC to choose from. I used RL names for all the lots- sometimes the names accurately reflect the forms of their RL namesake housing projects, more often they don't (as you've noticed).||2009/02/23|
|skycity92||I would like to point something out. These r really cool, but it looks like that the building style looks the same for all houses in this set. the Gowanus Houses have more of a cross design than this. I might be wrong, but I'm just making sure.||2009/02/23|
|SimNation||Sweet they are finally here. I cannot wait to get these huge babies to grow in the areas I will have planned for my downtowns. Nice work||2009/02/23|
|Lwito||as usual ! fantastic work, i love it !||2009/02/23|
|caspervg||Another most excellent set! Thanks, marczar!||2009/02/23|