The Death of High Rise Housing in Chicago

In what was dubbed the Plan for Transformation, Chicago Housing Authority has seen out the demolition of public housing high rise buildings deemed unfit for habitation, leaving thousands displaced or homeless and in worse condition than before.

In 1998, nearly nineteen thousand CHA high rise units failed viability inspection mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, meaning that under federal law the Authority was required to demolish those units within five years.
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