Current and former residents of the Julia C. Lathrop Homes have started organizing to resist the planned demolition of their homes. According to a Chicago Tribune article,
in 2006, the Chicago Housing Authority announced that it would demolish Lathrop Homes and replace it with 1,200 condominiums and town homes. A third of the homes were to be affordable while the rest would sell at market rate.
While that hasn’t happened — yet — supporters of the last public housing complex on the city’s North Side say the complex, or at least some of the original buildings, should be preserved. And they’ve offered an alternative plan.
More than 550 people have joined a Facebook group called the Lathrop Homes Alumni of Chicago, where members can share photos and stories from their time spent at Lathrop. Many of the pictures uploaded to the site date back to the 1950s. Lathrop Homes was one of Chicago’s first public housing developments, completed in 1938.