As developers reimagine Woodlawn, South Side residents consider how these changes might impact their neighbors.
Black Chicago history is American history. This month, as we celebrate the accomplishments of Black figures, I want to highlight Robert Taylor Jr., the son of an esteemed Black architect and the first Black chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority.
Yet, there is one part of Taylor’s legacy that was literally erased – the affordable housing project erected in his name. According to South Side Weekly, a nonprofit newspaper that highlights Chicago’s South Side, “[t]he twenty-eight Robert Taylor Homes made up the largest housing project in the U.S. at the time of their completion in 1962.”
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