“Master” planning?

Here’s the new sketch for Chicago’s proposed Olympic Village. The Mayor wants to build something like this whether he gets the 2016 games or not.

Looks okay, obviously this is just conceptual. The very talented Ross Wimer of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is on the case.

But wait a second! This reminds me of buildings that stood just blocks from here, buildings we’re tearing down now – buildings hated, reviled – buildings and planning we blame for destroying lives —-
The Robert Taylor Homes. Public Housing.

Yes, the economics would be different, and the buildings would be superior, but I still find the comparison too close for comfort in so many ways.


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