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For 16 years the Chicago Housing Authority has provided rent vouchers to enable low-income residents to move into Chicago's "Opportunity Areas"—neighborhoods that offer quality housing and a more economically stable and prosperous community. But the program has demonstrated little impact on easing segregation or increasing neighborhood economic diversity.
Today, "Opportunity Areas" are home to relatively few voucher holders and the majority of Chicago's low-income residents live in distressed communities on the West and South sides of Chicago. In calling for the CHA to invest in residential towers, Another High Life turns this development model on its head by stimulating movement into—and investment in—these distressed communities.
Located with easy access to the CTA Green Line in the 37th Ward, these towers would be unlike the failed projects from the past. Mixed-income residential towers would be filled with a diverse range of dwelling types, including luxurious penthouses with precious finishes, designer furniture and dramatic views of Chicago’s skyline.