Cabrini residents struggle to find housing as buildings prepare to come down

The last Cabrini Green residents are struggling to find replacement housing as the city prepares to tear down the remaining public housing buildings. Thousands of public housing residents were forced out over the last ten years and the city hasn't built enough replacement housing.

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  • NEW TO CHICAGO NOW AND VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH REPLACEMENT HOUSING . I AM CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN A RESEARCH PROJECT INVOLVING CABRINI GREEN. COULD A MISS MEGAN COTTRELL OR A MISS JONES, 72, AND 50 YEAR RESIDENT OF CABRINI GREEN OR ANY OTHER LONGTIME / SHORT TERM RESIDENTS BUT WITH KEEN HISTORICAL INTEREST IN CABRINI GREEN ASSIST ME WITH THE FOLLOWING : -
    1. FORMER RESIDENT CABRINI GREEN , NAME AS FOLLOWS , AND LIVED IN MAIN BLOCK EMILIO RADINSK , RADISK , RADINSKY , RADZINSKY OR SOMETHING ALONG THESE LINES LIVED IN HIGH RISE BETWEEN 1960-1967 AND ALONG WITH AYOUNG BLACK GIRL NAME UNKNOWN AND SINGLE PARENT.RADINSK WOULD CHILD MIND , BABY SIT FOR HER ON OCCASION . PROTOTYPE CHARACTERS FOR THE MOTION PICTURE , 'CANDYMAN', HE AND HIS TWO BEST FRIENDS , NAMES UNKNOWN STARTED THE ORIGINAL GARDEN PROJECT WITH A SMALL GRANT.THEY USED TO DRIVE A BEAT UP DODGE , CAMARO , MUSTANG OR CAR ALONG THOSE LINES.THEY SOUPED IT UP THEMSELVES AND USED TO RACE IT IN THE INTERSTATE. THEY ALSO USED TO PATROL THE CABRINI GREEN AREA, WHICH WAS AGAIN WITH A SMALL GRANT, AND THEY KNEW THE THEN CARETAKER , A FAMOUS CABRININ RESIDENT , VERY WELL. ON ONE OCCASION THEY BUILT A RAMP , JUST DOWN , FROM THE OLD LIBRARY AND FLOORED THE DODGE , TAKING THE RAMP AND TRAVELLING ABOUT THIRTY YARDS , FORTUNATELY NO ONE WAS HURT.RADINSK UDED TO HAVE A MOUSTACHE ON OCCASION AND WORE A BLACK BALACLAVA , HE WAS ONCE ON TELEVISION IN A SEGMENT EREGARDING INEQUALITY , RACE AND POVERTY. NEEDLESS TO SAY , HE WAS VERY BRIGHT. DOES ANYONE KNOW HIS IDENTITY , HIS FRIENDS , I THINK ONE WAS CALLED MANNY.THE GIRLS IDENTITY ALSO WOULD BE HELPFUL. I THINK RADINSK PASSED ON IN THE LATE SIXTIES (1967 ?).ALL INFORMATION TO MY EMAIL AND MOST GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED. ONE LAST THING , WAS THE MOVIE BASED UPON URBAN LEGEND OR AS I SUSPECT ACTUAL HISTORY , AND WAS HE SEEN INPERSON AT HAT TIME , I UNDERSTABD THERE WERE A SPATE OF SIGHTINGS. ALSO I UNDERSTAND ON OCCASION , THAT SHINDIGS OR GET TOGETHERS WOULD OCCUR IN THE HALL ? MORE INFORMATION PLEASE ON ALL FRONTS. MANY THANKS ALEX. ONCE AGAIN MY EMAIL IS alex.trotter@live.co.uk

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