A rusting and dilapidated pedestrian bridge straddling Lake Shore Drive that “locked out” neighborhood residents from the lakefront is now closed, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday said its replacement — a glittering $23 million project — stands as proof of the city’s reinvestment in Bronzeville.
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.
But that’s not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center.
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Have you ever met someone who has no idea what his or her personality is really like? This would be, for instance, the “really laid-back” guy who insists on calculating how much each diner owes, down to the penny, after a 14-person restaurant dinner. It’s the young mom who tells you she’s a “strict disciplinarian” while her child is gleefully whacking her on the head with a giant plastic octopus. It’s also that “totally organized, type-A” friend who is successfully—but unintentionally—growing... Read the full story »