WBEZ | Cabrini Green http://www.wbez.org/tags/cabrini-green Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CHA decision to vacate some Cabrini residents draws criticsm http://www.wbez.org/story/cha-decision-vacate-some-cabrini-residents-draws-criticsm-91493 <p><p>The Chicago Housing Authority has issued relocation notices to residents in the non-rehabbed sections of the Cabrini Rowhouses. CHA says Cabrini has become too dangerous for the remaining 33 households, but critics say families will be forced to live in equally -- if not more -- dangerous areas.</p><p>The CHA issued the 180-day notices Thursday, giving current residents the option to move to other public housing or take vouchers for private landlord owned apartments.</p><p>"We are in the business of providing housing for people; we're not in the business of wanting to evict people. Hopefully, we're trying to move them into a situation of where they're pleased with their new surroundings," said Carlos Ponce, interim CEO for the CHA.</p><p>But critics of the plan, like Attorney Richard Wheelock, say that Cabrini residents could face more harm because of the relocation. According to Wheelock, families will have limited options for public housing, and won't have much better chances with the voucher program.</p><p>"Historically, we've seen that public housing families, frankly, are discriminated against," Wheelock said. "The vast majority of public housing families who are being relocated with vouchers end up moving to the West Side of Chicago or the South Side of Chicago, where the crime rate is much worse than the crime statistics that we're seeing for the near North Side or the Cabrini Rowhouses."</p><p>Ponce denies that residents would be relocated to more dangerous housing. He said CHA will be providing relocation services to families like counseling or assistance with moving.</p><p>Currently, residents in the non-rehabbed rowhouses make up 8 percent of the available space. The 146 rehabbed units in the rowhouses are not subject to the relocation notice. Ponce said the future of the non-rehabbed units is yet to be decided, but all lease compliant families can choose to move back to the Cabrini area once a decision has been made.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cha-decision-vacate-some-cabrini-residents-draws-criticsm-91493 Louder Than a Bomb: Remembering Cabrini Green http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/Aliyah photo 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="451" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22102209?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate poetry here in Chicago, WBEZ brings you four short videos featuring <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Louder Than a Bomb</a> youth poets performing their work on location.</p><div>The series starts with 16-year-old Aliyah Oyemade, whose poem <em>When a City Loves</em> honors recently &ldquo;deceased&rdquo; public housing complex Cabrini Green. Over its sixty-some years Cabrini Green became synonymous with the problems of public housing: drugs, gangs, violence, and crushing poverty. Still, it was a bittersweet moment for some former residents when demolition began on the complex&rsquo;s sole remaining building last week.<br /><br />Oyemade&rsquo;s boyfriend, Paris Marlow, 20, is one such resident. He grew up in Cabrini Green and is &ldquo;kind of sad it&rsquo;s going down,&rdquo; Oyemade says, explaining that for all its problems, Cabrini was Marlow&rsquo;s childhood home. Still, she says he feels &ldquo;that it has to happen.&rdquo;<br /><br />Oyemade never lived in Cabrini Green herself but attends nearby Walter Payton High School and based her poem on conversations with Marlow and several other former residents. Her poem is constructed around the metaphor of the housing complex as a mother who shelters her children despite their sins and mistreatment from the outside world. An early draft of the poem was featured in artist Jan Tichy&rsquo;s <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-22/entertainment/ct-live-0323-cabrini-tichy-20110322_1_cabrini-green-cabrini-connections-public-housing/2">Cabrini Green Project</a>, which was installed days before demolition. Oyemade&rsquo;s was one of several recordings synced to flickering LED lights visible throughout the building&rsquo;s empty apartments after dusk.<br /><br />You can check out Oyemade&rsquo;s impassioned performance in the video above.<br /><br />WBEZ is a presenting partner of Young Chicago Authors&#39; Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition and Festival. Click <a href="http://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/ltab">here</a> for more information. Special thanks to <a href="http://www.kuumbalynx.org/">Kuumba Lynx</a> for connecting us with Oyemade.</div></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green The celluloid ghetto: Cabrini Green in film http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-01/celluloid-ghetto-cabrini-green-film-84578 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/HATERS_GOOD_TIMES_GUN.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XaqNNdcUopY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>They began this week knocking down the last high rise at Cabrini-Green this week.</p><p>But the complex which symbolized the worst of the city's public housing--Cabrini was called "notorious" in seemingly every newspaper headline, live shot or social critique of the place over the past 40 years--has achieved a bit of immortality: The Near North Side housing project was immortalized in television and film from the 1970s through the 1990s.</p><p>James and Florida Evans raised their kids there in the 1970s sitcom "Good Times," the above clip.</p><p>Not far from the projects, Stone, Damon and Robert killed Cochise as the EL screeched overhead in the 1975 classic "Cooley High."</p><p>And a one-armed creature from beyond the grave lived in Cabrini-Green and terrorized residents--and a nosy blonde graduate student--in 1992's "Candyman."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3lFxWo_C2qs" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>I sometimes covered crime in Cabrini-Green when I was a young reporter in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It could be a place of sudden and unspeakable cruelty and violence. But the video below, taken on a summer day in what looks like 1979 or so, tells a different story. No so much a counterpoint as, perhaps, a calm in the storm. But it's still remarkable. It's a festival of some kind, with kids lining up for snow cones, and children in afro-puffs and painted faces as the R&amp;B vocal group does a pretty fine job singing The Doobie Brothers "Minute by Minute."</p><p>The grainy black-and-white video looks like snipped of someone's memory. And as the last tower comes down and Cabrini ceases to exist, memories of the place are all that will remain soon. And film.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gDyIJI0NiZM" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 06:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-01/celluloid-ghetto-cabrini-green-film-84578 Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Watkins Hudzick.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week <em>Eight Forty-</em> kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor. Host Alison Cuddy sat down with Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. This week she&rsquo;ll speak with Rahm Emanuel, William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls and Gery Chico. On this<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"> <em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, it's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/index.php">Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</a> turn.<br /><br />Watkins calls herself an advocate for the disadvantaged. She was born and raised in Chicago. She lived in Cabrini Green and struggled with drugs early in her life. Later she earned a Ph.D. while raising her family. Watkins went on to co-found the 300-member Ambassadors of Christ Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. She&rsquo;s also a founder of the <a target="_blank" href="http://targetarea.org/">Target Area Development Corporation</a>, a group that works on various issues in the community.<br /><br />Listen to the other candidates' interview below. <br /><br />Alison Cuddy hosts a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cfw.org/Page.aspx?pid=1267">mayoral forum</a> Tuesday about violence against women and LGBTQ at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 Film explores effects Chicago’s Plan for Transformation on former Cabrini Green residents http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-explores-effects-chicago%E2%80%99s-plan-transformation-former-cabrini-green-residents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Cabrini Scott Olson Getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>At the end of last year, the final residents living in Chicago&rsquo;s most famous housing project moved out. And building by building, the demolition of Cabrini Green continues. The community that was created there, just west of the Gold Coast, has been well documented.<br /><br />Filmmaker <a href="http://www.ronitfilms.com/" target="_blank">Ronit Bezalel</a> first began filming residents in the '90s. &quot;<a href="http://ronitfilms.com/films/voicesofcabrini.html" target="_blank">Voices of Cabrini</a>&quot; was the first result &ndash; a half-hour long documentary that took a candid look at Cabrini through the eyes of its residents. Now, more than a decade later, Bezalel and her team are working on a follow-up film, &quot;<a href="http://ronitfilms.com/films/mixingitup.html" target="_blank">Cabrini Green: Mixing It Up</a>.&quot;<br /><br />A key voice in both films is co-producer and former Cabrini resident <a href="http://mixingitupfilm.blogspot.com/p/people.html" target="_blank">Mark Pratt</a>. Pratt and Ronit are nearing the end of a fundraising project for the film, and joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; in studio to talk about their film in progress.</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-explores-effects-chicago%E2%80%99s-plan-transformation-former-cabrini-green-residents The Daybook 3.0: It's on like Ndamukong http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/daybook-30-its-ndamukong <p><p>Daybook. Is. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/aomar/2009/06/the-daybook-20/3855">Back</a>. BABY.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="512" height="345" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-09/AP10113009153.jpg" /></p><p class="bodytext"><u>Cabrini Green Gone?</u></p> <p class="bodytext">We just got a one line email from The Chicago Housing Authority&rsquo;s Kellie <span style="">O'Connell-Miller. </span></p> <blockquote><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">Cabrini officially closed today at noon. </span></p></blockquote> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">Natalie Moore is all over the story &ndash; she&rsquo;ll have an in depth feature this afternoon on All Things Considered. The end of an era, no doubt. </span></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal"><u>Joe &ldquo;O Noes&rdquo; Berrios </u></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">Cook County&rsquo;s esteemed Democratic Party Chair becomes County Assessor. The Democratic Party Chair then appoints his son and his sister to cushy county jobs. &nbsp;This is the sort of article that writes itself, so why even bother? The Sun-Times is <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/2744731-417/berrios-county-assessor-office-cook.html">on it.</a></p> <blockquote><p class="bodytext">&ldquo;Obviously, he doesn&rsquo;t give a damn, does he?&rsquo;&rsquo; said [the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's Cindy] Canary. &ldquo;Yes, he won the election, but it&rsquo;s been abundantly clear that the voters in Cook County are getting wary of this nepotism.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p></blockquote> <p class="bodytext">Our Tony Arnold is heading over to see newly sworn-in Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll get her take on the apparent nepotism that&rsquo;s going on in the building. Will she rally against it, or defer to the party chair?</p><p class="bodytext"><u><span style="">High Speed RaiLOL</span></u></p> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">Wisconsin</span><span style=""> and Ohio don&rsquo;t want that high-speed rail money?&nbsp; Yes please, and thank you, we&rsquo;ll snap that right up, Illinois says.&nbsp; From the AP&nbsp;news wire: </span></p> <blockquote><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional sources say the Obama</span><span style=""> administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away</span><span style=""> from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to projects in other</span><span style="">states.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">People familiar with the grants say the Department of </span><span style="">Transportation will announce Thursday that California, Illinois and</span><span style=""> New York</span><span style="">, among other&nbsp; states, will get a share of the funds.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">Republican governors opposed to high-speed rail were elected in</span><span style="">&nbsp; Ohio</span><span style=""> and Wisconsin in November. They have promised to kill projects</span> <span style="">in their states.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">The sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of</span><span style=""> anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly before </span>the announcement.</p></blockquote> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">Al Keefe is making calls to get the latest on this story. </span></p> <p class="bodytext"><u><span style="">It&rsquo;s On Like Ndamakong</span></u></p> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">So it seems to me that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/attn-detroit-lions-i-hear-they-are-looking-team-la-and-other-random-bears-v-lio">Justin Kaufmann is the only person</a> who thinks pushing a player is against the rules of professional football.&nbsp; Well Justin and the NFL league office, to be fair. </span></p> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">I&rsquo;m talking of course about the controversial-to-everyone-but-Kaufmann penalty and fine on Lions&rsquo; rookie Ndamakong Suh, for pushing the Bears&rsquo; Jay Cutler. </span></p> <p class="bodytext"><span style="">Here are some national takes: </span></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/extramustard/hotclicks/12/08/mila-kunis-ndamukong-suh-fined-by-nfl/index.html#ixzz17du8c2HV">CNNSI says</a>, &ldquo;The penalty was a joke; the fine is downright criminal.&rdquo;&nbsp; Meanwhile ESPN puts this down as a case of an &ldquo;<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/33219/dirty-laundry-forearms-and-activist-refs">activist referee</a>.&rdquo; &nbsp;Even Jay Cutler doesn&rsquo;t seem to think it was that big of a deal.&nbsp; Maybe not the difference in the ballgame, but it&rsquo;s sad to see the NFL react like this.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s football people!</p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal"><u>Patriots - Bears</u></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">My buddy Dave is friends with Tom Brady from our days at Michigan. He says he can hook me up for the game as a guest of the Patriots.&nbsp; Make it happen, Dave!</p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">Who do you guys have in this game?</p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">It will be interesting to see if New England can sustain the high they were on while whipping the Jets on Monday Night Football.&nbsp; A lot of teams will have letdowns after huge performances like that, but if we&rsquo;ve learned one thing, it&rsquo;s that these Patriots aren&rsquo;t like other teams.&nbsp;</p><p style="" class="MsoNormal">Should be a dandy, with the weather calling for snow and sub-zero temperatures.&nbsp; Now THAT&rsquo;S football.</p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/daybook-30-its-ndamukong Demolition reveals Cabrini Green (...red, orange and blue, too) http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/demolition-reveals-cabrini-green-red-orange-and-blue-too <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="491" width="502" alt="(photo by Lee Bey)" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2076928.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-14321" /> <code> </code> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>The Cabrini Green public housing building at 660 W. Division is coming down.&sbquo;&nbsp; As demolition workers pound the 15-story concrete slab into oblivion, take note of something beside the spectacle of crumbling concrete and the hair-like strands of&sbquo;&nbsp; exposed rebar: </p><p>There is color.<!--break--> </p><p>Look closely the photo above. Demolition unmasks the building's drab grid-like face, revealing apartments that were painted in bright orange, reds, blues and greens; <a href="http://www.artchive.com/artchive/m/mondrian/mondrian_composition_a.jpg.html">a Mondrian</a> large-scale and in 3D. I hadn't noticed this until Lisa Lenoir, who was a fashion editor at the <em>Sun-Times</em> during my time at the paper, mentioned it to me a few days ago. </p><p>Lisa drew a nice parallel between the predominantly-black Cabrini Green's vividly painted units and the simple and <a href="http://www.cut.ac.za/litema/symbolism.html">brightly colored</a> homes in Africa and the Caribbean. &quot;We are a diaspora,&quot; she said. I think she's on to something:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="525" width="481" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2076931.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-14336" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="322" width="486" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2076937.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-14340" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/demolition-reveals-cabrini-green-red-orange-and-blue-too