Martin Filler celebrates Alexander Gorlin‘s Boston Road Supportive Housing project, a lively affordable housing development in the South Bronx, as an encouraging model to confront homelessness in New York City.

“Boston Road’s strikingly fresh, deceptively simple, but carefully composed façade mixes and mashes bright metal panels in syncopated rhythms that make you wonder why so many buildings have to be so boring. It engages your eye in much the same way that a catchy pop tune gets into your head and refuses to budge. Most conspicuously, it differs from those new Manhattan towers in being conceived not for society’s most privileged members but the least, namely once-homeless people who are aged, survivors of HIV/AIDS, and among the working poor.”

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A Higher Form of High-RiseThe New York Review of Books