In all the talk today about arsenic-friendly life being announced, a smaller - but interesting - story got buried: Cabrini-Green, the infamous failed housing project in Chicago's Near North Side, had its final residents ordered out.
In a time before I was born, in fact, when my parents were quite young (and sometimes, my grandparents!), public housing projects were going to solve the issues of housing the poor in America. Cabrini-Green, with its plethora of problems, were the poster-child of how high-density, single-income housing just didn't work. It lead to disinventment and crime: warehousing of the poor as one article mentioned. We've seen these same sorts of projects, on a much smaller scale, fail here in Lowell. While it sounds like not everyone will be successfully relocated, this is still a large step forward in undoing the damage done to America's cities in the post-war era.