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  Robert Taylor Homes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert Taylor Homes is a housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago, alongside the Dan Ryan Expressway between 39th and 54th street.
Robert Taylor Homes faced many of the same problems that doomed other high-rise housing projects in Chicago such as Cabrini-Green.
The Robert Taylor Homes is the site where, in May 2006, a white 21-year-old woman from California was thrown or jumped out of a seventh-storey window, after she was released from the local jail, leading to severe injuries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Robert_Taylor_Homes   (817 words)

 Four Generations in the Projects
Taylor and his executive secretary at the Chicago Housing Authority, Elizabeth Wood, had dreamed that fl and white tenants would live side by side in the new projects; the Robert Taylor Homes have always been essentially all fl.
In the 1970's, the neighborhood surrounding the Taylor Homes, like many of the older fl districts of big American cities, began losing population as its better-off residents escaped the crime of the ghetto and moved out to formerly all-white middle-class neighborhoods and suburbs.
Robert and Thomas were both members of a gang called the Cobra Stones and ran into their share of trouble.
partners.nytimes.com /library/national/011391generations-housing.html   (5229 words)

 The Robert Taylor Homes
Robert Taylor was an ardent spokesman of the ideas that had led to the foundation of CHA in 1937, when its program declared that a central concern was to build subsidized apartments for low-income families unable to afford decent, safe and clean housing.
Robert Taylor lost the struggle and resigned; the city council members had their say; the old slums were replaced by new ghettos.
The compound called Robert Taylor Homes—actually two projects—was the last and largest of a series of similar projects; in fact, it was, in its time, the largest urban housing project in the world.
www.bradley.edu /las/eng/lotm/Chicago/rthomes.htm   (440 words)

 Chicago Project Dwellers Live Under Seige
Often the violence at the Taylor Homes and similar housing complexes around the nation is directed inward, at neighbors.
Taylor Homes is a 15-block-long, one-block-wide community of 28 identical red and cream, 16-story towers surrounded on all sides by other impoverished neighborhoods.
Juliette Hickman has lived in Taylor Homes for three years and she does not share the view that it is a dangerous place.
partners.nytimes.com /library/national/080680taylor-housing.html   (1878 words)

 Robert Taylor Homes
Upon completion in 1962, Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes became the largest public housing project in the United States.
This massive housing project was ironically named after Robert Taylor, an African American activist and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) board member who in 1950 resigned when the city council refused to endorse potential building locations that would induce racially integrated housing.
Despite the structurally sound exteriors of the buildings and an academic study that found two out of three Taylor residents opposed to the demolition, the CHA had demolished half of the buildings by the year 2000.
www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org /pages/2478.html   (192 words)

 Chicago's Infamous Robert Taylor Homes - Wired New York Forum
Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes public-housing development is the largest subsidized residential complex in the world.
Despite overwhelmingly depressed conditions, Robert Taylor's 4,300 households lead lives that are as patently "American" as those in Dayton, Ohio or Manhattan's Little Italy or Upper East Side.
I lived for two years a block away from the Robert Taylor Homes during the early 90's, and have come to realize that the problem doesn't lie in the tenants of the projects, but the neglection of the city.
www.wirednewyork.com /forum/showthread.php?t=7002   (3349 words)

 TAP: Vol 12, Iss. 6. High-Rise Hellholes. Alexander von Hoffman.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
American Project by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh is a history of Chicago's notorious Robert Taylor Homes; From the Puritans to the Projects by Lawrence J. Vale is the saga of public housing in the city of Boston.
By 1965 it was home to 27,000 souls, 20,000 of them children and young people, and it already had gained a local reputation as a dangerous and forbidding place.
The projects were home to a "new kind of tenant," the reporters explained: Welfare families made up an average of 13 percent of public housing households, and the proportion of broken families in some projects was as high as 30 percent.
www.prospect.org /print/V12/6/hoffman-al.html   (2612 words)

 Robert Taylor Homes Site Profile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Robert Taylor Homes consists of two subdevelopments, Robert Taylor - A and Robert Taylor - B, which together have a total of 4,231 units.
This application is targeted to Taylor - B which has 2,400 units located in 16 high-rises Phase I of Taylor will ultimately incorporate 250 replacement units off-site in the greater Mid-South community and the construction of a new neighborhood shopping center that will replace the existing center which is proposed for demolition.
The revitalization of Taylor is tightly linked to the City's overall EZ Economic Initiatives which includes providing affordable housing, health and human services, youth business and cultural enrichment programs.
www.housingresearch.org /hrf/hrf_SiteProfile.nsf/0/6af186cae30586e5852569d5004d1744?OpenDocument   (583 words)

 CHANGE - Chicago Housing Authority | Housing Developments | Family Developments | Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor Homes is bordered by Pershing Road on the south, State Street on the east, the Rock Island Railroad tracks on the west and 54th Street on the south.
Robert Taylor was considered the largest public housing development in the world when it was completed in 1962.
The master redevelopment plan for Robert Taylor Homes, recently renamed Legends South, includes construction of 2,550 mixed-income rental and homeownership units, as well as community and management facilities, and new retail space.
thecha.org /housingdev/robert_taylor.html   (521 words)

 Inner-City Health Care Center Provides Essential Health Services
Robert Taylor Homes are located within an area that has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the city and state.
In addition, 37 percent of all births recorded in the Robert Taylor Homes were to teens, who represent one of the highest risk groups for delivering low-birthweight infants.
These grants from RWJF supported the establishment of a maternal and child health care center at the Robert Taylor Homes.The first grant (ID# 012955) supported the development of a primary care clinic and medical program at the CSCD, which was located in a renovated floor of one apartment building in the housing complex.
www.rwjf.org /reports/grr/013473.htm   (2125 words)

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It is also important that the younger children be sent home at earlier hours to ensure that they arrive home safely and spend the evenings with their families.
Robert Taylor residents may be relocated to low-density housing developments in other neighborhoods or they may be given rent subsidies to allow them to relocate to "nonpublic" housing developments.
The Club at Robert Taylor received part of a special $150,000 grant in 1994 from BJA that was passed through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
www.ncjrs.gov /txtfiles1/174442.txt   (5114 words)

 New homes on Taylor site for mix of incomes
Former Robert Taylor residents who lived there Oct. 1, 1999, will have first crack at Hansberry Square rentals, she said.
The Robert Taylor Homes opened in 1962, a two-mile row of 16-story brick buildings that housed more than 25,000 people.
Robert Taylor himself, the CHA's first African-American chairman, had pushed for public housing scattered across the city.
www.suntimes.com /output/news/cst-nws-cha05.html   (452 words)

 As Housing Projects Are Destroyed, The Poor Resist Orders to Move Out JONATHAN EIG / WALL STREET JOURNAL 19dec00   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
For Erica Monique Hewitt, the Robert Taylor project is the only place she has ever lived, not to mention the place her mother lived most of her life, and the place her grandmother lived when Ms.
Then there are projects, such as Robert Taylor, where conditions are so grave that housing officials have decided to demolish first and figure out later what to do with the residents and real estate.
In their new homes, whether in the city or the suburb, some former public-housing occupants have grown depressed by a sense of isolation, residents and counselors say.
www.mindfully.org /Reform/Housing-Projects-Destroyed.htm   (4330 words)

 The Robert Taylor Homes
The Taylor homes incorparate all that the man whose name they commemorate wanted to avoid.
By the 1920, the South Side, which had once been middle class, was fast becoming a slum area, the last resort of poor African American migrants flocking in in large numbers from the rural South.
Taylor lost the struggle and resigned; the city council members had their say; the old slums were replaced by new ghettos.
www.bradley.edu /las/eng/lotm/Chicago/rthomes2.htm   (481 words)

 Chicago Park District: Taylor Park
Taylor Park sits on West 47th Street, at the heart of the Robert Taylor Homes, the nation's largest public housing project.
The Chicago Housing Authority developed the Taylor Homes in the early 1960s, cutting a wide swath along the western edge of Bronzeville, Chicago's historic "Black Metropolis." The housing complex, designed by Shaw, Metz, and Associates, included a substantial community building with various meeting rooms and a combination gymnasium and assembly hall.
Taylor's work on the Michigan Boulevard development led to his appointment to the CHA board of directors, on which he served from 1938 to 1950.
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com /index.cfm/fuseaction/parks.detail/object_id/BDDC8CF3-3327-4921-8EAF-00DC54DE688B.cfm   (271 words)

 Chicago Defender / Local
By the end of the plan, the once-largest family housing development, Robert Taylor, will be reduced from its 1999 standing of 1,559 occupied units to a final tally of 851 available public housing units.
The rebuilding on the footprint of the Taylor Homes is slated to begin this year, as the first of three mixed-income communities, Hansberry Square, will introduce a variety of low-rise buildings where the high-rises once stood.
The Robert Taylor Homes have been reduced to a single building, a handful of final residents and a promise of something better.
www.chicagodefender.com /page/local.cfm?ArticleID=4868   (2333 words)

 Falling From the Robert Taylor Homes at David W. Boles’ Urban Semiotic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
She ends up at the Robert Taylor Homes, a short distance from the Loop, but a world away from Chicago’s magnificent mile near where Oprah has her home and tourists window-shop at designer stores.
I’ve heard about the terror of the Robert Taylor Homes complex in the past – the whole thing was a magnificent idea that was doomed to fail in reality — but I thought the entire series of buildings had been torn down.
CHICAGO A man Chicago Police believe was alone with a 21-year-old California woman before she plunged from a seventh-floor window of the Robert Taylor Homes was being interviewed by investigators Wednesday, sources said.
urbansemiotic.com /2006/05/17/falling-from-the-robert-taylor-homes   (3385 words)

 Teenreads.com -- A LIFE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES by Stephen Elliot
The Robert Taylor Homes are the largest housing projects in the world.
The fortress liquor stores line up across from the Robert Taylor Homes; they are more common than fire hydrants, they sell plastic cups full of whiskey to grown men.
Along the Robert Taylor Homes like tufts of grass there are churches, small government buildings, outreach projects, schools and basketball courts with bent rims.
www.teenreads.com /reviews/0967370175-excerpt.asp   (1758 words)

 Archived Editions of the Residents' Journal
Robert Taylor Homes residents aren't the only ones getting charged about their high electric bills.
As RJ has reported over recent months, many of the residents in Robert Taylor Homes have electric bills in the amounts of $500 to $22,000, and in some cases more.
Former Robert Taylor Homes resident Lobeta Holt became another homeless statistic this fall despite promises from the Chicago Housing Authority that residents would have a roof over their heads during the Plan for Transformation Holt is a 30-year-old, disabled mother of six who has paperwork to prove she is lease-compliant.
www.wethepeoplemedia.org /RJ_NovDec02.html   (666 words)

 Chicago Reporter, June 1999: Taylor Section 8
The survey was conducted by Taylor residents and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, a research group that studies public housing redevelopment.
The Taylor A council opposes the plan because it “strayed too far from what was in the interests of the residents,” said Shahshak B. Levi, a resident of 4331 S. Federal St. and member since 1996.
Cathery, who now returns to Taylor to work as a janitor, calls it “my roots.” Public housing provided her five children with a four-bedroom apartment, where a room could “handle three beds and still not be crowded,” she said.
www.chicagoreporter.com /1999/06-99/0699cha.htm   (2644 words)

 Upcoming Photography Exhibit Focuses on Robert Taylor Homes (Northwestern University News)
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Robert Taylor Homes -- once 28 towering buildings stretching along Chicago’s South State Street for 16 city blocks -- are the subject of a photography exhibit at Northwestern University from Feb. 2 through April 1.
Both the opening and “The Robert Taylor Project” exhibit are free and open to the public.
He chose the Taylor Homes in part because, as the nation’s largest public housing community, it is practically synonymous with the high-rise housing projects built in the 1960s.
www.northwestern.edu /univ-relations/media_relations/releases/2005/01/bridges.html   (429 words)

 Welcome to Quality Homes of Illinois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Given the new destruction of public housing such as Cabrini Green and the Robert Taylor Homes, there is an even greater shortage of affordable homes in Chicago.
Quality Homes of Illinois was founded in 2001 as a company that focuses on serving those areas that have once been passed over for development.
Quality Homes has entered these neighborhoods and built quality housing units that suit the needs of the rental market.
www.qualityhomesillinois.com   (147 words)

 RW ONLINE:Chicago: Police Vengeance Raids at Robert Taylor Homes
That ugly truth was recently brought home to hundreds of residents at three highrise buildings at Chicago's Robert Taylor housing project, a massive housing development that stretches two miles through the heart of Chicago's southside Black community.
Another woman's brother had arrived at Taylor early in the morning to work on the food program and was hauled away later in the day by police.
While the police department denies that any brutality or coercion has gone on during their assault on Robert Taylor, the experience of one man who was picked up speaks to the truth of the kind of "proper police procedure" that went down.
rwor.org /a/v20/970-79/972/rtraid.htm   (1636 words)

 cbs2chicago.com - A Last Glimpse Of The Robert Taylor Homes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The three women have watched the 27 other buildings that composed the Taylor Homes -- once the largest public housing project in the world -- crumble down as part of the Chicago Housing Authority's rebuilding of its system.
The Plan for Transformation, as the CHA pitches it, is a sweeping effort to erase the policy errors of the past and replace them with a new generation of homes nestled in mixed-income communities.
When the Robert Taylor Homes were opened in 1962, then-Mayor Richard J. Daley stood beneath an archway that proclaimed, "Good Home Building Good Citizens." Optimism was in the air; the new high-rises seemed to be the solution to helping people emerge from a cycle of poverty.
cbs2chicago.com /homepage/local_story_104145016.html   (2462 words)

 The Communitarian Network
We tend to forget that in civil societies children can play outside, one and all walk the streets with impunity, and gunfire is the exception not the rule.
The poor and largely fl people of the Robert Taylor Homes are treated as “second-class” citizens, not because of the gun sweeps, as Congressman Henry Gonzalez (D-Texas) put it, but because they are denied the most elementary protection any state owes to its citizens: protection of life and limb.
The issues, even in the Robert Taylor Homes, encompass more than apartment searches; the same civil libertarians also try to block the use of photo Ids for residents and screening gates at public housing entrances, two other measures essential for the protection of residents from gangs and drug lords.
www.gwu.edu /~ccps/etzioni/B247.html   (785 words)

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