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Why  Chicago's  Leaders Hate the Homeless, Segment 1

Why Chicago's Leaders Hate the Homeless, Segment 1

Chicago has had an ugly history in its treatment of minorities, the working poor and the homeless (see Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960 by Arnold R. Hirsch). Its ruling families and real estate interests pay lip service to the plight of the most vulnerable of the Chicago's residents. Yet Public Housing and low cost Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units continue to be lost to high end developers (gentrification) cashing out the market increase of the existing land value, for which there is no shortage of Public funds being directed in subsidies by Mayor Rahm Emanuel who doles out public TIF funds, to his "friends" and political contributors.

Andy Thayer speaks about the "Tent City" community in Uptown on Chicago's north-side, some 70 people, many working but still unable to afford rent in their gentrifying community, who were forced from their location under several viaducts of Chicago's Lake Shore Drive by the Mayor, the Ward's Alderman and police who act