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February and March Fast Track Lists

As I mentioned in October:

    Chicago’s Fast Track Abatement Program is a final step for buildings deemed by the city to be “vacant” and “open” and “constitute a hazard to the community.” Owners of buildings on the list must take corrective action upon receiving notice of the condition of the building. If they do not, the city reserves the ability to take the action for them, including demolishing the building and charging the owner for the demolition.

The following notices were published in the Chicago Sun-Times in February and March 2010.

February 2010 Fast Track Abatement Program List


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March 2010 Fast Track Abatement Program List


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Depicting River Rouge, Michigan

Over the summer, one of my favorite places to visit was the city of River Rouge. The city borders Detroit on its southern edge and includes the entirely industrial Zug Island.

I was recently looking for more information about the city, when I found its website and discovered some hilarious surprises in its photography gallery, which I offer as screenshots below. Following the screenshots, I offer some (admittedly narrow) suggestions for replacement images.

Screenshot River Rouge 1

Screenshot River Rouge 2

Girls' Softball

Fishing in the Detroit River Near Zug Island

Belanger Park and River Rouge Power Plant

Coal on Zug Island

October Fast Track Abatement Program Map

Chicago’s Fast Track Abatement Program is a final step for buildings deemed by the city to be “vacant” and “open” and “constitute a hazard to the community.” Owners of buildings on the list must take corrective action upon receiving notice of the condition of the building. If they do not, the city reserves the ability to take the action for them, including demolishing the building and charging the owner for the demolition.

This is the Fast Track Abatement Program legal notice list that was published in the Chicago Sun Times on October 10, 2009.


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Mapping the CHA’s Plan for Transformation

With the Chicago Housing Authority‘s Plan for Transformation in full swing, it’s hard to keep track of the location of new mixed income developments — not to mention which of the old family developments haven’t been demolished. Because the CHA website doesn’t have the entire listings, I submitted a request for the full data and mapped it.

The family developments are indicated by blue markers, while the mixed income developments are indicated by targets. Additional information listed on the mixed income development tabs state which public housing project was the original development. Approximate addresses have been substituted where the exact addresses of developments were not listed by the CHA.


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I originally posted this piece on Gapers Block.