March 1, 2005 |
For 24 years, Gladys Franklin has called the Cabrini-Green projects home. The high-rise where she lives is decaying, and nearly a third of the doors and windows are boarded up. Squatters have broken into some of the apartments. Other units sit empty. The elevator works only when it wants to, so Franklin refuses to take it. Instead, she hobbles to the stairwell that reeks of urine. Stepping over a broken crack pipe, she inches down the 14 steps from her second-floor home.
August 16, 2000 |
The infamous Cabrini-Green public housing project, long viewed as a gang-ridden pocket of poverty and mayhem, will be remade under an agreement signed Tuesday, housing officials said. As part of a 10-year plan to downsize and transform the city's moribund public housing projects for its 130,000 residents with $1.5 billion in federal funds, the Chicago Housing Authority reached agreement with tenant groups to transform the decades-old Cabrini-Green complex.
February 6, 2000 |
The city of Chicago and the federal government reached an agreement for a $1.5-billion overhaul of the Chicago Housing Authority--including the demolition of 51 high-rises that became a national emblem of urban decay and poverty. The project, to be completed over a 10-year period, will demolish some of the most notorious public housing buildings. In all, 25,000 apartments will either be replaced or renovated.
September 16, 1987
The Chicago Housing Authority avoided a threatened federal takeover with an agreement to limited intervention by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The proposed pact, subject to approval by HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr., would leave day-to-day control in the hands of the Chicago agency. It also calls for appointment of a federal liaison officer to ensure enforcement of HUD regulations, and creation of a panel to resolve disputes between the local and federal agencies.
December 13, 1998 |
Public housing officials say the demolition of four buildings along Chicago's waterfront skyline represents the beginning of the end of the high-rise era--a chapter that many Chicagoans are more than happy to close. Officially, the four Chicago Housing Authority buildings were known as Lakefront Properties. To many, they were simply "the projects," a term that encompassed any number of Chicago's public housing high-rises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
I must admit that I was rather surprised by your "Gunning Down Real Progress" editorial (June 16). In this editorial you not only endorse the Chicago Housing Authority's rules forbidding possession of firearms by public housing residents, but call for its extension to Los Angeles, and term opposition "bizarre" and "depraved." Are you really sure that you want to support the idea of limiting the civil rights of people solely on the grounds that they occupy public housing? Why don't we follow your reasoning a little further.