Episode 2: Cabrini-Green Dreams and Nightmares
Depending on who’s telling the tale, the Cabrini-Green housing projects on Chicago’s Near North Side are either patient-zero for urban dysfunction and decay, or a humble high-rise utopia, Corbusier’s Radiant City with soul. But at the end of the day it was home to 15,000 people. Cabrini-Green was mostly demolished by 2011, but its legacy both haunts, or enriches, the city, depending on who you ask.
Co-hosts Zach Mortice and Newcity Design Editor Ben Schulman asked two Chicagoans: Chicago filmmaker Ronit Bezalel, whose film “70 Acres in Chicago” spent 20 years tracing the decline of of this community; and artist, designer, and educator Andres Hernandez, whose exhibit “Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)Generation” at the Glass Curtain Gallery explored how the ghosts of Cabrini-Green still settle over our pop-culture landscape. Special thanks to recording studio engineer Tim Joyce.
Hosts: Ben Schulman, Zach Mortice
Guest: Ronit Bezalel, Andres Hernandez
Producer: Tim Joyce