Re-imagining Chicago Public Housing: Lathrop Sure To Spark Controversy in 2013

They say you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but Lathrop Community Partners (LCP), a consortium charged with redeveloping the Chicago Housing Authority’s Julia C. Lathrop Homes, is hard-pressed to say it’s pleased any of the people. LCP unveiled three vastly different schemes for Lathrop in November, all of which met with resistance for the size and scope from residents of the current housing project and its adjacent neighborhoods. Among the most controversial elements: the development’s density. Each of the three plans calls for 1,600 housing units — nearly double the number of Lathrop’s 900 original mid-rise units — and an increase from the 1,200 initially recommended for the site.

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