TIL in 1981 Chicago mayor Jane Byrne moved into the crime…

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TIL in 1981 Chicago mayor Jane Byrne moved into the crime ridden Cabrini–Green public housing project in an attempt to improve its reputation. Despite having bodyguards she left just a few weeks later, furthering the public perception of Cabrini–Green as the “worst of the worst” in the city.
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  1. Is this the place where she had the back door bolted/welded shut, leaving one way in and one way out of the building?? Making it a fortified HQ for gangs and criminals??

  2. > On March 26, 1981, Byrne decided to move into the crime-ridden Cabrini–Green Homes housing project on the near-north side of Chicago after 37 shootings resulting in 11 murders occurred during a three-month period from January to March 1981.[34] Backed by a number of police officers and a substantial personal bodyguard presence, she stayed for only three weeks, and this incident contributed to public perception of Cabrini–Green as the worst of the worst of public housing.

  3. TIL that Cabrini-Green is a real place, not made up for Candyman. (Non-American here.)

  4. I used to drive by this place on my way to work. Sometimes if traffic got backed up on Harlem (edit: Halsted, not Harlem) you could bypass it by making a tour around the block of the structure.

    I definitely got “do not fuck around here” vibes from it.

  5. lol when keeping it real goes wrong

  6. Had heard about lot, but remember hearing that there was a place that made Ft. Apache look tame.

  7. The fact that she felt the need to have cops and bodyguards to back her up feels like that alone would’ve cemented the reputation as the worst of the worst

    I mean, she felt the need to have all that in order to feel safe. Tf is the average person supposed to do?

  8. And that’s what happens when you fire and forget social program.

  9. I had family there. As a kid you were sort of safe. As a teen you were fucked. One way in, one way out. The elevators didnt work so you had to take the stairs which were dark and full of junkies and drug dealers. The balconies had a gate covering and most kids played out on their respective floor balcony. The back of the buildings which had a small playground and bball courts were over ran by gangs. That and the huge cock roaches made visiting a nightmare.

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