Will Negative Press About Leon Finney Spur Positive Change For Woodlawn?

This week has seen two excellent articles by Angela Caputo and Antonio Olivo on Leon Finney and his Woodlawn Organization.

If you haven’t read them yet, I strongly urge you to do so.

Angela is not only a reporter at the Chicago Reporter, but a part of their blogging partnership for ChicagoNow. As a matter of disclosure, she called and talked to me for her piece on Rev. Finney. 

While I live by the infamous Metropolitan; I suppose I should count myself lucky that I neither live by nor in a WCDC or TWO run apartment building.

The condition of WCDC and/or TWO buildings are legendary. So much so, you don’t even have to look at the sign on the building to identify the property manager.

Naturally if the condition of the buildings are bad, you can imagine the tenant screening and selection process.

Both reporters are simply shining a bright light on what those of us who have lived down here have known about for years.

The question on the table is will Rev. Finney still have the political clout with both the city and the federal government to continue business as usual?  Will the changing of the guard in city hall bring curb his ability to secure government monies?

Or will federal, state and local dollars continue to be doled out with little accountability?

That’s why it’s so important for those of us who live here stand up and make some noise.

And that’s why it’s also important for journalists like Ms. Caputo and Mr. Olivo to further publicize when gross mismanagement happens with public funds.

I, for one, applaud their efforts.


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  • The articles are a good read, as have been the many articles over the years exposing the same problems. All with little result.

  • The only thing I remember is that some Brazier and Finney of TWO and the Church of No-L got the L demolished east of Maryland and private development on 63rd east of Woodlawn.

    If the argument that TWO is a bad landlord, I remember when landlords in Woodlawn torched the buildings while people were still in them.

    Also, looking at Google, it seems like this story has been widely byproducted.

  • Its about time someone exposed these poverty pimps living like kings and queens while their subjects live in squalor.

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