Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New
Nov06

Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New

We’re huge fans of affordable housing.  Possibly because in the past we’ve been poor: sold blood to pay the rent poor, lived in the windowless basement of a 7-Eleven poor, taped used cardboard boxes together for furniture poor, etc.  And while all that is (hopefully) behind us now, we’re haunted by the fact that the majority of Americans are just an unexpected medical bill away from living under a bridge. So any time...

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Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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Gold Coast S.R.O. to be Rehabbed Into… an S.R.O.!
Jun06

Gold Coast S.R.O. to be Rehabbed Into… an S.R.O.!

It’s no secret that Chicago, like a number of American cities, has a housing problem.  Well, a number of them. But the one we’re talking about right now is affordability.  Especially at the very low end of the rent range. For generations, the solution to low-end affordable housing was S.R.O.’s — modest one-room apartments for working people of modest means.  But the city has lost thousands of S.R.O. units over the...

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Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed
Nov19

Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed

When the final audience speaker of the evening praises Chicago’s NIMBY attitude for keeping the city honest and inhabitable, it might be hard to get a good read on the proceedings of a community meeting. Nevertheless, Tuesday evening a capacity room debated the merits and drawbacks of the new Jewel flagship store and 390-unit apartment tower proposed to replace the existing Gold Coast store at 1200 North Clark Street. The...

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