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Mildred Pagan, Lathrop Homes Community Activist, 1955-2014

Logan Square Neighborhood Association and the Lathrop Community will miss your leadership Mildred...you made a difference.

Future of Ames, Kelvyn Schools Focus of Logan Square Association Congress

If CPS chief executive officer Barbara Byrd Bennett "is committed to the students then she should be here,” Valasquez said. “We’re scared and skeptical — August is right around the corner and no one has a plan.”

Residents of Bucktown, Roscoe Village fume as CHA vote on redevelopment plan nears

“There are not enough words or ways to describe how much of an insult this is to the community,” said Lissette Castañeda, co-chair of the housing and land use committee for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Lathrop Homes Redevelopment on Chicago Tonight (Video)

LSNA Preserve Lathrop resident leaders Miguel Suarez and Titus Kerby "believe the homes should be returned to the low-income residents who once filled the units."  

Lathrop Residents PUSH against CHA Plan.

"A tower is out of character and it's wrong," Waguespack said. "We don't want to allow CHA to do something that organizations and people around it are opposed to."

In letters and a published opinion piece, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, has also been critical of the CHA proposal and pushed for more affordable housing at the site.

A High-rise at Lathrop Homes?

Journalist Curtis Black documents that CHA's talk about replacing Lathrop's public housing units is just that - talk, with no commitments envisioned in  the Lathrop master plan.

Community members in Chicago Protest Lathrop Homes plan

As plans to makeover Chicago’s Lathrop Homes become more clear, debate becomes more heated over whether the development team has the storied development’s best interests in mind.

Residents, activists oppose new vision for Lathrop Homes

Lathrop residents including many LSNA leaders were out in force for the Lathrop Community Partners meeting on the future of Lathrop Homes. “I just want Lathrop to still be Lathrop,” said Corie Cornwell, 29, a resident who grew up in the complex. “We just want to be able to live here as we have always been.”

Two community meetings about Lathrop Homes scheduled for this week

Communications and specificity about the plans has frustrated and angered public officials, residents and neighbors.

Preview of Draft Master Plan for Lathrop Homes released

The plan calls for preserving most of the Lathrop's buildings north of Diversey Parkway, but demolishing all but three buildings south of Diversey.  It continues to include 45 percent market-rate development.

Housing Coalition Criticizes Giveaway to Private Developers

Private developers, not tenants, will be the big winners in Mayor Rahm Emauel's new "Plan Forward" CHA initiative.

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes

HUD seeking letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes.

Housing project preserves quality in time of tear-down

Tribune columnist Mary Schmich visits with Lathrop residents Titus Kerby and Aida Maisonet and Preservation Chicago President Jonathan Fine.

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of Lathrop Homes

HUD seeking Letters of Support for historic preservation of the Lathrop Homes.

More market-rate homes proposed at CHA's Lathrop site

"The majority of the 258 respondents favored restoring the current buildings or reusing most of them, according to the agency. Residents in the area expressed concern about the height of the proposed buildings, and they opposed dramatically increasing the number of apartments, the CHA's report shows."

Lathrop Homes the New Navy Pier? Redevelopment Planned for CHA Project.

Mary Thomas, a nine-year Lathrop resident and member of the housing project's leadership team, shared Cornwell's concerns.

"Now all of a sudden they've announced 50 percent market rate. Why don't they give us 50 percent public?" she asked. "There's just too much of a need for housing right now."

A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested

"[Mary] Thomas says all three of the concepts for Lathrop should be dumped and there should be more input from residents. She says there's little affordable housing in the area and there's no need for market-rate units at all."

What's wrong with the three Lathrop Scenarios?

How do the three proposed scenarios compare to Lathrop Homes today and to the CHA Guidelines in the Request for Proposal issued 2010? 

Lathrop plans: little preservation, big TIF

“We were never involved,”  said long-time resident Mary Thomas, a leader of the Lathrop Leadership Team.  “It’s fraudulent.”

JCUA in Letter to Rahm: Keep Lathrop Homes Public

JCUA speaks up in solidarity with Lathrop Homes residents in a letter to city officials, stating: Keep Lathrop Homes 100% public housing, and lease up the hundreds of units at Lathrop that are currently vacant.

The National Park Service has listed the Lathrop Homes on the National Register of Historic Places!

"a vindication for the Lathrop residents, alumni & allies who have campaigned for so many years to preserve Lathrop ...This is a moment to savor, but our fight goes on."

Advocates Balk At CHA's New Plan For Transformation Input Process

"It appears to be a pretty limited public input process," says John McDermott, housing and  land use director of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

At Lathrop Homes, CHA's talk of transformation brings worry

Residents fight to have their voices heard.

Lathrop Residents Pray for Preservation

“Are we really breaking up concentrations of poverty if we insist on sharply limiting the number of low- and moderate-income families that can access jobs, schools, and shopping in an economically thriving North Side community?” [John McDemott] asked.  “Or are we really reinforcing larger patterns of segregation and patterns of gentrification and displacement?”

Don't 'transform' us, say residents of Lathrop Homes

Lathrop has always been unique, and its residents, working in conjunction with activists from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, are determined to write their own script.

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