Nov. 16, 2011
The Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation tore down projects like the Cabrini-Green towers and pushed a plan of economically diverse neighborhoods. But Lathrop Homes residents and their neighbors worry that approaches that worked for other communities might not be right for their area. Urban planner, blogger and Lathrop neighbor Aaron Renn and a CHA official joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss some of their concerns. Plus, housing reporter Dennis Rodkin spoke about MyHomeEQ, a new program set up to retrofit homes to make them more energy efficient. Then, for Changing Gears, Niala Boodhoo explored just how much empty industrial property there is in Chicago and the Midwest and what one building owner went through in Chicago to turn a vast, empty smokehouse into a green factory. And children’s book author James Kennedy talked about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, which features Newbery award-winning children’s books distilled down to a minute and a half.