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Final Cabrini high rise closes

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It’s the end of an era for the Cabrini-Green housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.

The last Cabrini-Green public housing high rise closed today on Thursday at noon. And the last family has moved out.

Since the 1990s, the Chicago Housing Authority has been turning Cabrini-Green into a mixed-income community. That’s a mix of market-rate, affordable and public housing.
Cabrini had been an isolated sea of poverty -- but it stands on valuable land near downtown. That has critics questioning the intentions of CHA.

“This has not been a land grab. This has been an opportunity to create better housing opportunities for the families that live in that community,” said Lewis Jordan, head of CHA.

This is not the end of Cabrini. Families still live in CHA row houses there.

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