Helping Public Housing Students

By Susan Black

Chicago’s skyline once was silhouetted by 53 public housing towers, many built more than a half-century ago.

Cabrini-Green, a housing project notorious for violence, drugs, and, according to CBS journalist David Kohn, “children raised in squalor,” was one of several high-rise complexes the city recently demolished.

In its place, North Town Village was constructed, a combination of town houses and condominiums designed to lure middle-income families to live alongside low-income former Cabrini-Green residents. Kohn says the new community, built with a “complex mix” of public and private funding, stands as “the most daring concept in public housing today.”

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