Clara Kirk’s West Englewood United Organization had begun with two feet firmly planted in the community, and maintained a good reputation across Chicago. Yet the very force that propelled the organization from its founding–its neighborhood spirit–may have been its downfall.
by Lauren Gurley •
“Housing is a human right,” said activist Sabrina Morey last Thursday evening.
by Katherine Jinyi Li •
On a sunny February day, twenty-five UofC students file out of a yellow school bus for a Chicago Studies Program oral history project at the Vivian Carter Apartments.
by Michaeljit Sandhu •
Off the Brown Line, past a Starbucks and a lighting store, near the Moody Bible Institute, around the corner from a restaurant that used to be cool, down the street from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School, surrounded by churches on…
by Rachel Lazar •
Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation,” which started in 2000, is the “largest and most ambitious redevelopment effort of public housing in our country’s history.” CHA has already begun a series of demolitions, relocations, renovations, and new constructions–yet it remains to be seen how much can truly be changed.
by Robin Peterson •
Movement is part of the American dream. Across an ocean to the new world, west to the last frontier, then up the social ladder, out to the suburbs–or so they say itÂ goes. Social mobility and housing mobility are inextricably…
by Aileen McGroddy •
Sometimes it seems like there are two different versions of this side of Chicago. Media portrayal of the “mean streets” of the South Side can sometimes look like a whirlwind of shootings and low-income housing controversy, but this sensationalized portrait…
Dangerous Games: Chicago’s biggest foundations start preparing for the Olympics’ ill effects on the South and West Sides
by Robin Peterson •
In their eagerness to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago, four of the city’s largest foundations have created a multimillion-dollar fund to help neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. These areas would likely see the greatest improvements in…