Posts tagged "Lathrop Homes"

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 »

Photo Gallery: Lathrop's surviving residents

Open courtyards are one feature of Lathrop's unique 1930's architecture that distinguish it from high-rise public housing, which led to the complex being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This section now sits entirely empty, with all the units boarded up.
Lathrop Homes, a public housing complex along the Chicago River in the Lakeview neighborhood, has lost hundreds of residents over the 12 years that the city’s Plan for Transformation has been going on. Now, with only 170 families left, the section that sits along Clybourn Avenue has been closed entirely and residents have been relocated... Read more »

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 »
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Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies
They’re supposed to be “uninhabitable.” But on a tour of vacant public housing units, Jimi Miller says didn’t see anything that couldn’t be fixed on a weekend “honey-do” list. “The board ups weren’t in sparkling condition, but they were generally habitable, just poorly maintained,” said Miller. “There were places that if, you know, I were... Read more »

Lathrop rallies Saturday against CHA threats of removing residents

Lathrop rallies Saturday against CHA threats of removing residents
Throughout the long, arduous process of figuring out what will happen to Lathrop Homes, a low-rise public housing development on the North side along the Chicago River, residents say they’ve always been guaranteed one thing by the Chicago Housing Authority: those Lathrop residents that wanted to stay through the entire revitalization process would be allowed... Read more »

Will Lathrop Homes' spot on National Register of Historic Places save it from the bulldozer?

Will Lathrop Homes' spot on National Register of Historic Places save it from the bulldozer?
Lathrop Homes was public housing before public housing existed. Built in the late 1930s as a project of the Works Progress Administration during the depression, the low-rise brick buildings along the Chicago River don’t look like the massive concrete towers built decades later. The courtyard layout, complete with archways, decorative windows and stone medallions are... Read more »
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CHA commissioners hesitant over Lathrop Homes

In the many Chicago Housing Authority board meetings I’ve been to, I’ve never seen a single split vote. Usually, anything that comes before the board is approved unanimously. Once, I’ve seen the commissioners threaten not to vote for something. And a friend told me once she saw a few vote no. More at chicagoreporter.com But... Read more »