Lives In Mix-Income Communiities

Life from the outside of mixed-income communities may seem perfect: people of different incomes rubbing elbows in a neighborhood. But the Chicago Housing Authority’s new mixed-income housing developments have their own set of challenges and rules for the people living there. And it’s still up in the air whether the experiment will work.

Click the links below to listen to comments from experts on the CHA’s mixed-income communities and hear what it’s like to live in these communities (interviews by Chicago Public Radio’s Natalie Y. Moore):

1. Kelly Smith, resident at Oakwood Shores, a CHA mixed-income housing development

2. Mark Joseph, Case Western University

3. M. Toney, on new housing rules

4. Sheree Steward, Heartland Alliance

5. M. Toney, on learning about how to treat their new homes

6. M. Toney, on learning about how to treat their new homes

MORE AUDIO: Richard Steele talks with The Chicago Reporter‘s Kari Lydersen about her research into life in mixed-income housing on the Chicago Public Radio’s 848 program. Click here to listen.

Chicago Public Radio’s Natalie Y. Moore produced a three-part series on life inside the Chicago Housing Authority’s new mixed-income developments. Click the links below to listen.

Part 1: “Mixed-Income Living“–”Natalie Moore begins the first installment of a three-part series on life in one mixed-income community in Chicago.

Part 2: “Public Housing Residents Learn the Rules for Mixed Income“–”Learning “how to behave” raises sensitive questions about class and culture.

Part 3: “Mixed Income, Mixed Blessing“–”Natalie Moore brings us part three in her series chronicling life in one mixed income community.

Friends and residents from around the city gather at Mandrake Park for a pick-up softball game (photos by Jason Reblando):

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