none of these are even there anymore
Yes, these places no longer exist. However they were a home for(good people) and hard working families like mine for 17 years. Frankly I am insulted by the comment tag "Hell on Earth". It certainly wasn't the best place to live, but we did the with what we had at that time.
Furthermore, and contrary to most commentary as well as media coverage; a large number of individuals rose to become successful, both personally as well as professionally.
On lookers may call it hell, but it was home, and a beginning foundation I will take with me ALWAYS.
Right on, who would be so ignorant to call an apartment complex hell, hell does not exist in reality though a poor state of unity in this country does so lets not toss judgement at people because of where they live lets start thinking about how we can make a difference in this city Most of the west east and south sides of are run down how does this happen its very simple to point fingers at the people of the community however our problems are much bigger and higher Corruption has ruled our city (and other cities) for long enough this country needs to take a stand Stop patrolling the streets of other countries and start policing our streets kids should not have to grow up this way as part of my job I often make stops at chicago public schools and it sickens me to see what these children have to see every other house across the street is run down needles, crack viles, and other contraband is often found along the curbside of these schools the other day walking up the steps of a main entrance I found a bullet not the shell or even the entire unit but a shot round how does a city fall apart like this I will tell you GREED and CORRUPTION!!! OUR "leaders" really do not care about our well being So everyone stop what your doing and think about how we can put an end to this and lets start by not rejecting eachother due to class race gender creed often race is what segregates us but in truth it is class the upper class has lower class whites blacks and hispanics hating and blaming eachother THIS SHOULD NOT BE OUR CONCERN dont hate we are all brothers and sisters lets work together to put the regular working class in control I am a white 27 year old male who did not live in one but I am just as disgusted by the headline of (at the time) one the last standing Robert Taylor apartments
My family moved into stateway in 1956 we stayed there to 1969.we lived in 3519 on the17th floor we called it the penthouse apt. 1706. i remember, i had never seen any place so beautiful,and they were just putting in th grass and building the parking lot by the railroad tracks behind our building. the dan ryan wasn't even there yet.
every building had their own janitor, Mr. carlton
kept everthing clean. and the friends, some i still have today.and we had some of the best singing groups like the "LOST GENERATIONS"WHO LIVED IN 3517 WELL AT LEAST SOME OF THEM DID.
But, over the yrs. it did become a crazy place to live but it was home. there's lot more but, i've taken up too much of your time , take care.
Great comments! To partially quote Mr Wonder, "Looking back on when I, was a little nappy-headed boy...," this photo brings back those memories as clear as if it were yesterday. My neighborhood, then officially known as Loomis Heights, and to those who lived in it, "the village," certainly was not hell. To reiterate scanman, it was home, and good people emerged from these homes. I am proud to say that I am a product of Robert Taylor Homes, even when they were in their decline in the 80's with drugs, prostistution, and gang violence. However, I sure am glad that I got the f@#$% out! You feel me?!
I don't understand why people get offended by such a tag. It's not a personal attack on any specific individual. To get defensive as though you're being personally attacked is silly.
When I lived in the projects... I represented my family and myself. I wasn't a rep for the jets.
In other words... the projects was merely a place
of affordable living; nothing more! It wasn't a place to be proud about... especially if I had a better choice of residence; such as a home.
The projects weren't the problem. It was the type of residents that created the hell. You know... the gang-bangers, the murders, robberies, home invasions, forced gang recruitment's, rapes, urine infested hallways, drugs, prostitution, living in fear of being murdered,and a lot more!
I'm keeping things real!
All of these things went hand in hand with the typical housing project. To act like these things didn't exist is being in some type of pointless denial!
Sure... there were good people to be found in every project. Everyone didn't live a criminal
lifestyle just because they lived in the mist of it. But, the tag doesn't refer to the good, hard working people, that had morals and standards of living and being. It refers to the: "Don't you know no Good" types... that literally controlled the jets. Also... the average person certainly wasn't going there to visit!!!
I've had great times living in the jets more than bad ones. I think I'm a better person from having the overall experience because I learned a lot. and nothing happened in the projects that didn't happen anywhere else. That being said... I will never be insulted by any negative comments about the housing projects because they never defined my character, my worth or my beliefs. There are better things to defend!
I GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, CABRINNI GREENS, ROBERT TAYLORS AND LIVED ABOUT 4 YEARS IN HENRY HOERNER PROJECTS, I SEEN IT ALL AND DID IT ALL. IT WAS HOME AND I THINK ABOUT IT EVERYDAY.I LIVE IN PA. NOW A NICE NEIGHBERHOOD BUT THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE WAS CHILLIN WITH MY BOYS IN THE PROJECTS OF CHICAGO,SO CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT IT WAS HOME.
an article in the Chicago Tribune today said that Cabrini Green is now populated by Canadian geese
It most certainly turned into hell on Earth. It could have survived if CHA had not been so lenient and the police cracked down hard on the dope dealers. Some retail would have been better, but if there's too much theft, too many muggings, too many rapes and too many murders. People will do anything to go somewhere safer. But the crap continues to spread.
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