Tag: Cabrini-Green

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance
In a city still suffering from a housing crisis that ripped through economically disadvantaged black and Latino communities, an article that throws a national spotlight on Chicago activists’ fight to claim empty and dilapidated houses is a welcome acknowledgement of their struggle. In a May 29 article titled “The Death and Life of Chicago,” The... Read more »

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises
One of the last vestiges of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex on Chicago’s Near North Side, the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses are not going down without a fight. The Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority for what residents say are broken promises to rehab the complex and preserve... Read more »

As former Cabrini residents try to look forward, our photos reflect their past

Cabrini Green and the Magnificent Mile. Photo by David Schalliol.
True or false? Most of the people who lived in Cabrini-Green before demolition started will get to return to the new condos and town homes that have been or are being built. It was a question I asked a classroom full of adults to answer one recent Saturday morning, crowded into a children’s classroom at... Read more »
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My city meadow: the future of LeClaire Courts

My city meadow: the future of LeClaire Courts
I cut my teeth as a reporter at LeClaire Courts. It was the location of my first Chicago Housing Authority board meeting. My first complex-wide shouting match between residents and the CEO, and the first time I really got to know public housing residents and see the struggle they faced to save their community. It... Read more »

Cabrini rowhouses: a last look?

Cabrini rowhouses: a last look?
A friend of mine and documentary photographer Nathan Lanthrum shared this photo with me of the Cabrini rowhouses. Lanthrum has been documenting the changes in Cabrini in the last year through photography and sent me this shot. Just what will happen to the rowhouses is still up in the air, although we know now that... Read more »

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority
Charles Woodyard, the new chief executive officer of the Chicago Housing Authority, will take the reigns of the agency at a tumultuous moment in its history. Perhaps most significantly, the housing authority’s Plan for Transformation is behind schedule, leaving empty lots scattered around redevelopment sites instead of new units in mixed-income communities. Launched in 1999,... Read more »
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The last Cabrini high-rise is demolished

Today marks a historic end point–the end of Cabrini-Green. A few months back, the last building was closed, and residents were shuffled out and relocated. Today, the wrecking ball gave the high-rise at 1230 N. Burling St. its first blow, one of many that will result in its disappearance within a week. I’ve been covering... Read more »

Cabrini-Green's last day

A man looks out over the city from the gallery of 1230 N. Burling St. building.
Today, the last remaining family moved out of the last remaining Cabrini-Green high rise. I’ve avoided going down there in the last week or two. Not because I didn’t care, but because there were so many media outlets covering it that it didn’t really make sense. In my short career in Chicago journalism, I’ve often... Read more »

Cabrini residents say they won't go

Cabrini-Green may be almost gone, but there are still a few residents left fighting for their homes. At the last open high-rise at 1230 N. Burling St., near the corner of Halsted and Division streets, four families stood up and said they won’t be pressured to move out earlier than planned. In July, all the... Read more »
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Remembering Cabrini-Green as it was

1230 N. Burling St., the last Cabrini-Green building that is still open.
Awhile back, I sat on the porch of one of the new condos that’s been built where the Cabrini-Green housing project one stood. I was talking with two girls – twin sisters – who had grown up in the high rise buildings but now lived in one of the new units with their parents. More... Read more »