Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Burling High-Rise and SoNo

It's going to be interesting to see what this area will look like 5, 10, and 20 years from now.  15 years ago eight Cabrini Green high-rises were located on this site bounded by Evergreen, Halsted, Division Streets and Clybourn Avenue.  Now 1230 N Burling, referred to by residents as "Scamplife," is all that remains with the exception of the Francis Cabrini Rowhomes to the south.  The political and social issues involved with this land are so complex that it would require a book hundreds of pages in length to fully elaborate in detail (maybe this is in the works).  It is my hope that the Chicago Housing Authority will live up to their promises by offering affordable housing to those who have been displaced so they are able to return.  

Lately the word has been that Target is interested in the site at Division and Halsted where the Burling building stands.  The last thing I would want to see is for this area to become cluttered with retail stores, parking lots, and strip malls.  Those who live in Chicago know that there is already abundance of this on North Avenue and up and down Clybourn.  

To the right of this image (north) is the SoNo residential high-rise.  SoNo refers to the area SOuth of NOrth Avenue a name derived from New York's SoHo in lower manhattan (South of Houston Street, which was derived from London's SoHo neighborhood).  The SoNo as a neighborhood title hasn't quite taken off and probably won't become a household name anytime soon, but it's definitely a sign of things to come.

1230 N Burling Via Zoom Lens

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