Cabrini-Green’s Last Stand: Families Prepare to Move Out

October 25, 2010  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — It almost seems forlorn in the surrounding emptiness, a 15-story hulk of concrete with telltale, steel-fenced, open-air galleries characteristic of old public housing. This is 1230 Burling — the last Cabrini-Green high-rise standing.

“Cabrini, down, but not out.

“It’s not just a building. It’s not a place. It’s a feeling.

“Now that’s just the way I feel. It taught me what was real. …”

Michael McClarin, the building’s rep on the Cabrini Local Advisory Council, recites a poem he composed, as he makes his way from his ninth-floor apartment to the LAC office on the first floor.  On Oct. 15, 27 families received 90-day eviction notices from the Chicago Housing Authority, bringing the end in sight for what once was one of the nation’s most notorious public housing projects.

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