Lathrop Homes: Replacing History with an “Iconic” Experiment

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One of the largest vacant parcels of developed land on the North Side is the historic Julia Lathrop Homes. The future of this public housing site has been coming into focus in recent months, and the process has created a bitter confrontation between former residents, neighbors, community activists, and the Chicago Housing Authority.

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Muddy Waters’ House: an Uncertain Future

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About two weeks ago, a big red X appeared on the 120 year old former home of blues legend Muddy Waters, indicating that the building is structurally unsound. The Department of Buildings is currently seeking a court order to get a permit to raze the building, which lies in the North Kenwood landmark district. This location means that demolition would need approval from the landmarks commission.

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