Chicago Project housing
A mother and child, residents of the Cabrini-Green public housing project in Chicago, play in a playground adjoining the project, May 28, 1981.Frank Polich / Reuters
Construction in Chicago as the housing authority replaces the Cabrini Green low-incomehousing high-rise buildings (background) with mixed income townhomes and apartments, Oct. 5, 2003, in Chicago.Tim Boyle / Getty Images
Residents walk past one of the few remaining Chicago Housing Authority Cabrini-Green public housing buildings Jan. 12, 2005 in Chicago. The run-down and dilapidated buildings sit on prime real-estate property that the city of Chicago wants to tear down and redevelop.Scott Olson / Getty Images
Produce grows at City Farm on Sept.30, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. City Farm is a non-profit venture that raises produce on a one-acre tract of land on the edge of the city's downtown once dominated by the Cabrini Green housing complex. The food raised at the farm is sold to many high-end restaurants, at a nearby farmer's market and to the public from the farm.NBC Chicago
The new Target store in Chicago where the former housing project, Cabrini-Green once stood.
The home of what was one of the nation’s most crime-ridden public housing projects continues its rebirth this weekend when a Target store opens on the site of Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green.
“The Green” was a Chicago Housing Authority project built in stages over 20 years starting in 1942. It consisted of more than 3, 600 units in rowhouses and high-rises that took on colorful nicknames such as “The Rock, ” “The Big O” and “Goldmine” as the project became home to street gangs, violence and poverty. Two Chicago police officers were shot and killed in Cabrini-Green in 1970, and in 1992, a 7-year-old boy’s death caused by a stray bullet gained national headlines.
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