Join us on Sunday October 22nd from 1-2pm on the corner of Chicago & Kingsbury for a walking tour and discussion about Cabrini Green past and present, then from 2-3pm at 625 N. Kingsbury for a conversation with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. ---- Free and open to the public, registration is required for the walking tour.
The tour will begin at the former site of Cabrini Green and bring participants from there to the National Public Housing Museum’s Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition, Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction, followed by a discussion about the right to the City.
Speaking truth to power, the tour leader, Raymond McDonald was a 15-year old youth, during the protests to save Cabrini Green from demolition. He gave voice to the resident’s desire to remain in their homes within the neighborhood, and the bond that public housing residents had with one another. This moment was captured in the compelling documentary film “70 Acres,” made by Ronit Bezalel. McDonald will discuss what has happened since to the Cabrini area now, which includes a newly gentrified neighborhood anchored by a Target Store, but also the last remaining row houses with residents still fighting for the “Right to Return.”
“The struggle by residents to save Cabrini Green captured the nation’s imagination,“ says NPHM Program Director Shirley Alfaro, “and raised serious questions that we need to continue to ask and seek answers to about urban renewal and community self-determination.” After the tour, the NPHM will host a Right to the City conversation with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a long-time activist and politician who in 2015 ran an epic race that ended in a mayoral run-off against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The discussion will reflect on the Plan for Transformation’s stated goals, and how public housing residents and the city continue to grapple with the aftershock and effects. The conversation, moderated by NPHM Director Lisa Yun Lee, will address how residents, activists, artists, and educators can better collaborate in envisioning spaces in a more just manner with an emphasis on moving beyond what we are against- to define what we are for.