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 the Chicago Housing Authority will not be rehabbing them as 100 percent public housing as they had said they would for the first 10 years of the Plan for Transformation. In this photo, you can see both the rowhouses that have already been rehabbed, near the bottom of the picture, and those further away that haven’t been.
Will they be demolished? Turned into mixed-income housing? Student housing? We don’t know yet. But the city skyline in this photo reminds me that those decisions are often made by those in the well-lit skyscrapers, not the people living there.
Photo credit: N.P. Lanthrum
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