Is CHA’s Plan for Transformation Working? What’s Next for Cabrini-Green?
Retired chef and longtime Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) resident Robert Williams said it was “like a Vietnam.”
For many living there, in Cabrini-Green, these Near North Side high-rises turned into a nationwide example of how public sector living can go wrong. CHA’s Cabrini-Green became well known after national headlines broke in 1981 when 11 residents died due to gang war during a three-month span.
In spite of its long history of violence, Williams, who was interviewed for Episode 115 of In the Loop, lived in his row house for the last 45 years.
“It’s getting better all the time. I can see that myself. Because, for so many years, I prayed to see some change coming and it came,” he said.
WYCC Intern Theresa Campagna recaps last night’s episode of In the Loop (in one of her best posts yet), and asks the question: Is the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation” working? Has Chicago improved its public housing projects since the plan began in 1999?
Check out the varied articles Theresa found depicting very different views of Cabrini-Green - before and after the demolition.
Tune in to the encore presentation of In the Loop on Sunday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. #wyccintheloop