Jeff Leslie Comments on Mixed-Income Housing
Deneen Pughsley lives in the shadow of the Cabrini-Green projects she once called home.
On most days, she might as well be a million miles away from the high rises slowly being demolished on Chicago's Near North Side. On other days, the looming buildings are too close for comfort.
One month ago, a group of teenagers from the Cabrini towers approached her 15-year-old son, Andre, while he was waiting for a bus. They roughed him up, splitting his lip open.
"I have thought about moving," said Pughsley. "But you can't run from trouble."
Pughsley, 37, is a Chicago Housing Authority resident who lives with her five children in North Town Village. The community is the first mixed-income development, built between 2000 and 2002, on the site of the former Cabrini-Green housing projects.
Sandwiched between Cabrini's remaining concrete hulks on Division Street and the glittering storefronts of North Avenue, North Town Village represents a new vision for public housing in the 21st century. CHA residents live side-by-side with market-rate homeowners and families who bought homes through affordable housing programs.