If you've ever passed by the intersection of Diversey and Damen on Chicago's North Side, then you've probably seen the clusters of brick low-rise apartment buildings along the river there. Lathrop Homes was one of the first housing developments commissioned by FDR's Public Works Administration. By many accounts, it's an example of public housing done right. Even so, the site is up for a makeover under the Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for Transformation. But there is some disagreement as to what that makeover will look like. Dennis Rodkin writes about the redevelopment of Lathrop in today's Chicago magazine Housing Bulletin
and he tells us more.