Quote: Booby-trapping West Haven

“We put scattered-site public housing in the neighborhood to make it distasteful for really, really higher income. If I’ve got a half-million dollar home, I don’t want somebody in public housing next to me. They don’t match. I can’t be in my $500,000 world with Shay-Shay and Bo-Bo next door.”

– Earnest Gates, executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, explaining to the Chicago Reporter how he and his neighbors “booby-trapped” the West Haven neighborhood on the Near West Side by interspersing low-income housing throughout.

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