Chicago’s Housing Experiment. In the past decade, 82 crime ridden high-rises have been demolished, and with them, the lives of nearly 42,000 people left without homes. While redevelopment has improved the lives for many, some public housing residents fear they’ll now be driven out by rising real estate prices. So 14 years later, has this plan been for better, or worse? Join us Thursday at 7:30pmET. #AJAMStream
On this episode of The Stream, we'll speak to:
Managing Attorney, The Rogers Law Group
President, LeClaire Courts Apartments
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In 1999, the city of Chicago launched the Plan for Transformation to address an affordable housing shortage and project homes that suffered decades of neglect. The city demolished 82 high-rise projects, including the infamous Cabrini-Green Projects, and bought vacant properties to revitalize and resell. The initiative was one of the biggest urban redesign investments in the country.
Yet more than a decade later, many families remain displaced following the demolition phase. Some Chicagoans say a transition by the city toward housing partnerships with private companies and developers has resulted in the city of Chicago experiencing gentrification along racial lines.