In 1967, Barbara Moore moved into a high-rise building at 5266 S. State St., in the Robert Taylor Homes, with her two young sons. The new two-bedroom apartment was a step up from their old, rickety kitchenette a few miles away.
Regina Williamson was scared to death when she moved into the Robert Taylor Homes in the early 1990s. Its sully reputation bothered her. But Williamson longed to leave her mother's house for her own place.
On a sweltering Sunday in July, the air-conditioned sanctuary echoed with foot stomping and hand clapping. It was a typical Sunday for worshippers at this Baptist church on Chicago's West Side: singing, sermons and praise dancing. But the pastor took the service on a tangent.