High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

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High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing by Audrey Petty

In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago's iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly in the heart of our national identity.

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ISBN-13: 9781938073373
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Voice of Witness
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 453,282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Audrey Petty is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Ford Foundation grantee, her work has been featured in Colorlines, StoryQuarterly, and Saveur.

Table of Contents


Among the narrators:

DOLORES, who, at the age of eighty-two, was hastily displaced from her home in Cabrini-Green after fifty-three years and forced to leave many of her belongings behind. Dolores depicts her community’s evolution over five decades, including her leadership in resident government, and her husband’s mentoring of youth through a Drum and Bugle Corps.

DONNELL, who was initiated into gang life at the age of twelve.
A former resident of Rockwell Gardens, Donnell recounts growing up in an environment where daily life involved selling drugs, fighting rival gangs, and navigating encounters with a corrupt and often violent police force, as well as his efforts to turn his life around after incarceration.

SABRINA, whose sister was shot in the head in their Cabrini-Green apartment when she was caught in the middle of a turf-related shooting. Because ambulances refused to come to Cabrini-Green and the elevators were out of order, Sabrina’s father and her then-pregnant mother had to carry her sister down thirteen flights of stairs to rush her to the hospita

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