Comments on: Altgeld residents oppose demolition plans http://www.newstips.org/2012/09/altgeld-residents-oppose-demolition-plans/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 By: Jeff http://www.newstips.org/2012/09/altgeld-residents-oppose-demolition-plans/comment-page-1/#comment-10801 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:38:51 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6624#comment-10801 If the remaining unrehabbed units in Altgeld are viable for rehab and rental, then that seems like the best solution, at least 648 more families would have a home, the development would be full and hopefully things would continue to improve there. Nobody is going to buy a market rate house or condo in that area, it just is not going to happen. What would they replace the razed units with? What is the real reason they want to tear these down? well could be that it just eliminates 700 units of housing so CHA has 700 less units/families to worry about. Or is that land going to be developed for something other than housing? Some type of factory? or municipal development? The units they have rehabbed look pretty good and there is a core group of people who live there that are trying very hard to build a community. A new (good) school would be a nice investment or some churches, health clinics, how about razing some of the liquior stores and other run down crap and build a new Walmart or a Savealot, that would be money well spent to actual bring up the community plus provide some decent jobs so people can get off welfare.

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By: Curtis http://www.newstips.org/2012/09/altgeld-residents-oppose-demolition-plans/comment-page-1/#comment-10568 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:01:11 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6624#comment-10568 These are all medium-size, low-rise developments. They have all worked in the past, prior to disinvestment. They were all deemed viable by the CHA’s own assessment, after the feds eliminated the requirement of one-for-one replacement for any public housing units demolished. What clearly doesn’t work, judging from the situation of people on CHA’s waiting list, is demolishing housing for low-income people without providing any replacement.

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By: Wherewithall http://www.newstips.org/2012/09/altgeld-residents-oppose-demolition-plans/comment-page-1/#comment-10567 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:17:16 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6624#comment-10567 Large public housing projects do not work. Regardless of the intentions, effort, passion or funding provided. Warehousing large swaths of poor people always disappoints.

Projects don’t work in Paris, Cairo, London — or even Scandanavia! And certainly not in racist, corrupt and bare-knuckled Chicago, Illinois.

I am not without compassion for those victims of the “public housing penitentiary” but that doesn’t mean that we can continue to support a system that continues to fail.

The CHA is right on this one.

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