In November, more than 100 people gathered at the New Life Community Church of West Lakeview near the Julia C. Lathrop Homes to kick off the planning for the public housing development’s future. The Chicago Housing Authority has billed this effort as unique in the history of its Plan for Transformation, a 12-year effort to change its developments into mixed-income communities.
Two of every three residents surveyed this spring at the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago's South Side oppose the Chicago Housing Authority's proposal to demolish the development and move some tenants into the private housing market with federal Section 8 subsidies, The Chicago Reporter has learned
'They want to get us out of here," said Lisa Mayo. The 40-year-old mother of five was looking north from 47th Street toward one of the last high-rises at the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes---the building she has lived in her entire life.
When Algie Crivens III was released from prison in 1999, he thought his nearly decade-long nightmare had ended. After he was convicted of a 1989 murder, a judge sentenced Crivens to 20 years in prison.