The Rundown: Trayvon Martin, Razing the hood and a proposed Jazz Institute

The Rundown: Trayvon Martin, Razing the hood and a proposed Jazz Institute

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Ramsey Lewis, a pianist who is on the board of advisers for the International Jazz Hall of Fame (Flickr/Steve Rhodes)

Listen to Monroe Anderson discuss Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin: A country has gotten up in arms over what could have been a local story: the death of Florida youth Trayvon Martin. Veteran Chicago journalist and a cyber columnist Monroe Anderson joins Eight Forty-Eight for some analysis of the situation.

Razing vacant homes: Since the housing crisis, many foreclosed homes have ended up in states of disrepair. Left vacant, they’re stripped of all valuable materials. Instead of attracting potential buyers, the houses attract crime and sink property values. That’s why some communities are tearing them down. Richard Monocchio, executive director of the Housing Authority of Cook County, says demolition is one part of a multi-faceted approach to preserving communities. David Gonzalez, the mayor of Chicago Heights, explains what’s being done with the more than 300 foreclosed upon and vacant homes in his struggling suburb. What’s happening in your area? Call 312.923.9239 to join the discussion.

Listen to Howard Reich discuss the International Jazz Hall of Fame

Jazz museum: The idea of having a national jazz museum in Chicago is not new. There was a failed effort to build one about a dozen years ago. Now, plans are underway to create the International Jazz Hall of Fame, a downtown museum and showcase for top-tier musicians. Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich discusses the vision and its potential impact on the city and its musical heritage.