If You Tear It Down, Where Do They Go?

Residents of demolished public housing buildings often left to their own devices
June 26, 2004, 7am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Maybe you were driving down the Dan Ryan recently, looked up for the public housing high-rises that once lined the east side of the expressway and noticed all but three were gone... After taking in the changed inner-city landscape, the next question that comes to mind is: Where have all the people gone? The answer is a complicated mix of numbers, people and public housing politics. Each of the 6,000-some families who have left public housing since 1999 have their own individual stories. Some are still finding their footing while others have found happiness in other neighborhoods. And while it may come as a surprise to those who have only heard horror stories about life in the projects, many of the former residents still miss their high-rise homes."

Thanks to Richard Layman

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Published on Thursday, June 24, 2004 in Chicago Sun-Times


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