Forum explores future of Chicago public housing and design

By J’nelle Agee

Public housing has been a heated issue for Chicagoans for decades. Many complexes built as affordable housing after World War II have been torn down in recent years due to neglect and crime. The Place Lab arts incubator at the University of Chicago recently held a forum on public housing and design. Lee Bey, the former architecture critic at the Chicago Sun-Times moderated the panel, which included author, Audrey Petty, housing activist Roberta Feldman and journalist Ethan Michaeli. It was the first of a three-part series entitled Growing Pains.