70 Acres in Chicago Cabrini Green

I highly recommend this outstanding documentary.

It tells the story of the Cabrini Green public housing development located on the most hotly contested 70 acres of land in Chicago. Filmed over 20 years, it offers a glimpse into the challenges of addressing informal and institutional segregation, the needs of the poor, and the failures of public housing in the mid-20th century.

I was involved in a similar effort in Minneapolis in the 90s — working to deconcentrate poverty and address redevelopment of a 73-acre former high-rise public housing site — a daunting task.

This is great civic education. It will be repeated in Chicago, with broader distribution later in February — look for it.

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