The Anti-Eviction Campaign scouts out abandoned homes and arranges for people to live in them, matching “homeless people with peopleless homes.” “It’s not necessarily about what’s right or what ought to happen, but fundamental human dignity.”
A five-month, $425 million project, the Dan Ryan Red Line closure has shut down nine stations, from 95th Street to Chinatown, with the promise of improving commute times by up to twenty minutes round-trip.
When the Guardian Angels are not putting their lives at risk on the streets, they are holding self-defense workshops to teach others how to protect themselves.
Sporting their trademark red berets and white hoodies, Miguel “3rd Rail” Fuentes and his fellow members of the Chicago chapter of the Guardian Angels risk their lives attempting to deter crime and save the lives of strangers.
Clara Kirk’s West Englewood United Organization had begun with two feet firmly planted in the community, and maintained a good reputation across Chicago. Yet the very force that propelled the organization from its founding—its neighborhood spirit—may have been its downfall.
As families are forced out, Englewood comes to terms with a neighbor intent on expanding its rail yard operations.
Like much of Bronzeville, 51st Street is at a kind of crossroads. Many neighbors perceive things as having vaguely gotten better, but exactly what is going into the gradual changes of “the strip” is not obvious.
“This neighborhood has changed drastically,” says one Chatham resident, “and I am not happy about it.” Many other residents, she insists, feel the same way. “They’re really pissed off about what’s going on here. We are not happy.”