In December I posted about the last resident leaving the famous or infamous (depending on who you listened to) Chicago Housing Authority’s high rise project on the near north side.  It was a place of which storys are made.

It turns out today was the end.  Demolition began of the last building of Cabrini-Green.  Check out this Chicago Tribune article and video.

In the late 1980s I joined Envoy Bruce Mardis of the Salvation Army Correctional Services as he led groups of volunteers to conduct outdoor meetings and distribute food in Cabrini-Green.  Always crowds, especially lots of young people.  What else did they have?  We were the best show in town. 

It’s one of many memories of hot summer days in Chicago during that crazy time of crack hitting the city and very rough years in the city’s high-rise housing projects.