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Urban Farming by joelzook
October 1, 2008, 3:28 pm
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This guy from Milwaukee just got a MacArthur grant for his work in urban farming. His company has branches in Chicago as well. Check out this New York Times article.

CHA Plan for transformation by tsaeed
September 3, 2008, 1:30 pm
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The Plan for Transformation Plan is a blueprint for the comprehensive renewal of public housing in Chicago. More than 25,000 units of housing will be redeveloped or rehabilitated under the Plan, which also ushered in a variety of programs that help lower-income residents blend into the social and economic fabric of the surrounding city. Adopted in February, 2000, the Plan seeks to institute dramatic changes to Chicago’s public housing over a ten-year period.

The creation of mixed-income communities through redevelopment or rehabilitation of existing CHA property is an important component to deconcentrating poverty as ascribed by the Plan. The CHA achieved great results toward fulfilling its promise to provide new public housing units in mixed-income communities during FY2006 by completing more than 62 percent of the units in the seventh year of the plan.

Mixed-Income Redevelopment

In replacing the high-rises, the CHA is rebuilding on the same land. They are creating new mixed-income communities with contemporary town homes and low-rise buildings, where public housing residents will live in the same neighborhood as people who purchase market rate and affordable homes. Generally, these developments will consist of one-third public housing, one-third affordable housing and one-third market rate homes.

Link to CHA’s website


Chicago: 60653 by mattp614
September 3, 2008, 4:32 am
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The 60653 zip code/Oakland neighborhood has the highest percentage (28%) of single parent residences and one of the higest impoverished elderly populations (13.4% over the age of 65) in Chicago. The neighborhood is predominantly African American, but it was once a flourishing white protestant neighborhood. Chicago’s black population was historically “limited” to what was known as the “black belt.” As their population grew they needed to expand beyond the “black belt” and into the neighboring white communities. With the popularity of the automobile in the 50s, the whites fled to the increasingly popular suburbs. This is known as “white flight.” The impoverished African Americans were left behind, industry left, and the neighborhoods entered a state of disrepair. Today, the African Americans are leaving as well. The population decreased nearly 26% between 1990 to 2000. Today it is literally littered with vacant lots, and there is some developement. It is these conditions and its proximity to schools, parks, public transportation, and the lakefront, as well as the improvement of surrounding neighborhoods which make it a great candidate for urban renewal by creating architecturally smart and appealing homes for the elderly and single parents.

History of Chicago’s South Side