The Chicago Tribune ran a great story on Sunday about the failure of Chicago's plan to transform public housing in ten years. Here are some of the interesting and relevent Uptown quotes:
"The sputtering effort also has translated into higher costs—with some public housing units totaling more than $300,000 to build, more than the price of a home in many Chicago neighborhoods." (The cost of build a new "affordable"home at Wilson Yard is $460,000 per unit.)
This is reminiscent of another ward we can think of: "Shortly after the firm was created in 2001, Allison Davis, UPA and other companies connected to Davis began donating to the Democratic organization in the 17th Ward. That is the political base of Terry Peterson, then the CHA's chief executive"
Overall, Wilson Yard promises to be nothing more than an extension of the City's "Plan for Transformation" which has, of yet, been an nothing less than an abject failure (unless you're a developer or an alderman, of course, in which case, you're gonna' be rolling in dough, regardless the outcome).