Milton Mizenberg, Jr. and his wife moved to the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Oakland in the 1980s. He responded to the two derelict lots across from his house by transforming them into the Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art, a public space to appreciate the neighborhood and view his sculpture. It has changed with the neighborhood’s fortunes, although it likely exerted influence over the stability of its immediate neighbors, an example of which is seen below.
The best reporting I know about the museum is a 14 minute feature on Mizenberg and the museum from WBEZ that was broadcast September 9, 2003.
The light was a little off, but it’d been too long since I’d taken a photograph of the museum.