Bronzeville's Big Break
|It's been 100 years since the Great Migration, when 500k African-Americans moved from the South to settle on Chicago's near Southeast Side. Now the state legislature is allotting funds for projects to bolster that area; many were discussed Friday, as local organizations gathered at US Cellular Field.|
Pullman Porter Museum's Lyn Hughes broke down state funding to improve the abandoned railway stations that brought the settlers to Bronzeville: About half would go to bricks and mortar; the rest would help bring culture to the buildings. She's also hoping to find a permanent home for the Chicago Blues Museum, now just an exhibit at the DuSable Museum.
Capri Capital's Quintin Primo talked about his new Metropolis development at 39th and State. The 125k-SF neighborhood shopping center will be anchored by a 60k-SF Roundy's and is trying to get a Walgreens. Quintin pointed out that it's harder to be a developer in an already established city because retailers don't want to pay for sites that may have already failed once. His site is one of several former CHA sites that was unclaimed by developers for years.