Transforming Public Housing: 15 Years Later

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CHICAGO -- The new millennium was supposed to be a fresh start for public housing in the city of Chicago. In 2000, the Chicago Housing Authority launched the "Plan for Transformation."

Residents moved out, bulldozers moved in, and the city's most notorious housing came tumbling down in what was widely considered the most ambitious project for public housing in the nation.

15 years later, some critics are calling the billion dollar plan a bust.

Roderick Wilson, executive director of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, has been working with residents of the former Harold Ickes Homes.

"We’re in the 15th year of the 'Plan for Transformation' and there’s still no housing here and they’re giving land away for an athletic field for Jones College Prep," said Wilson. " The students need an athletic field but what about the housing?”

WGN's Gaynor Hall takes a look at the CHA's progress in this Cover Story.

WGN producer Afua Owusu and photojournalists Nelson Howard and Ted Parra also contributed to this report.

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