Cabrini-Green Goes Dark

December 9, 2010  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Annie Ricks and seven of her children moved into the notorious Cabrini-Green Housing Project in 1990 and found things even worse than she feared. “Gunshots all over the place,” she said. “Fights, noise.”  Thursday morning, she is scheduled to be the last of 15,000 residents to move out, marking the end of one of the most troubled chapters in U.S. public-housing history.  The crumbling 15-story building Ms. Ricks is leaving is one of just three of the original 23 high rises still standing on the 70-acre site, a mile from the city’s upscale Magnificent Mile. Private developers along with the Chicago Housing Authority have already built about 2,000 of the more than 5,000 units of mixed-income housing planned for the site.

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