It was a connect-the-dots moment in Chicago as the following news stories recently broke in rapid succession. Chicago Public School enrollment fell again. It’s now down more than 115,000 students over the last 20 years. There are homeless camps in many parks and under viaducts, including Touhy Park on the far north side. That’s where […]
Tag: public housing
‘A city within a city’
Ten years after the last Cabrini-Green high-rise came down, former residents look back at the community that shaped them.
Homeless during a pandemic
Chicagoans without shelter face the tough choice between the streets and shared air.
Power, violence, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial
This year may end the unstoppable homage to dead white men and narratives that neglect how architecture has victimized communities of color.
Residents reflect on rehabbed Lathrop Homes
“I suffered too much to live here.”
Mayoral forum recap: all the answers, none of the bullshit
At back-to-back forums last week 11 candidates fielded questions and even provided some answers.
Open Mike Eagle teaches the Pitchfork crowd about Chicago public housing
Open Mike Eagle shares some of the research behind his album-length love letter to the Robert Taylor Homes.
Lathrop launches lottery for affordable housing at revamped CHA complex
One of Chicago’s oldest public housing developments is getting ready to reopen starting this summer on the north side.
Donations pour in for Ida B. Wells monument in Chicago, but $180K still needed
The investigative journalist and civil rights activist could be one of the first women memorialized with a public monument in Chicago
Low-income tenants say luxury developer is treating them like ‘bald-headed stepchildren’
Plans for redeveloping Atrium Village now call for segregating affordable housing into a separate, aging building
In High-Risers, Ben Austen delivers a long-overdue requiem for Cabrini-Green
A new history of the notorious project reminds us why public housing mattered to the people who lived there—and why it matters still.
National Public Housing Museum’s new show informs, memorializes, but doesn’t point fingers
The museum, slated to open on the west side in 2018, gives audiences a taste of its curatorial approach at Archeworks
In Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris, the public library is still a laboratory of democracy
The legendary documentary maker dives headfirst into the New York public library system.
The National Public Housing Museum’s long journey home
After 20 years of battling for its building, the nascent institution’s most significant challenges lie ahead.
Boy, do we need Jane Jacobs now
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City profiles the author who battled urban expressways and high-rise housing.