Chicago’s public housing project made famous by its newsworthy gang-fueled violence and criminal activity has finally been demolished, but the high-rise husks still standing in its semi-demolished state have become unintentional wind instruments. A strangely appropriate, unintentional art installation for the “windy city.”
Cabrini Green is in close proximity to some of the highest property taxes in the city–the Gold Coast. Likewise, public housing built in the 50s and 60s was built on (desirable) lakefront proerty in the south loop. In the past few years, due to low interest rates and a cooperative city zoning department, the city has finally realized that it could reap greater profits by developing these areas and benefitting from both the income of raised property taxes, and developers have lept at the chance to cash in on huge margins by developing housing for the middle and upper-middle class.
The recent addition of a Jewel, Starbucks, and a row of townhomes on the southeast side of Cabrini Green foreshadowed what was to come for the housing complex. In a strange turn of events, the demolished buildings have begun to “sing” in the wind due to the irregularities of their cavities. Would they sing songs of welcoming in an influx of yuppies or mourn the displaced and dispersed community that has since been scattered throughout the city?
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