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CJ Peete


Alphonse Jackson

CJ Peete today

Based on this article the funding for these projects is not yet closed.

Perhaps we can look forward to a new Urban Prairie

or maybe not

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  • James Orleans

    Good riddens CJ Peete!

  • Ay Uaxe

    Agreed. Good riddance to bad garbage. We cannot get rid of the cancer of public housing quickly enough. The neighborhoods surrounding these malignant tumors have suffered more than enough. All you have to do is spend a little time around the ex-St. Thomas Project area to see that, even after getting rid of the primary malignancy, the cultural and economic impact will still be there for a while, though at least there is some neighborhood and individual initiative and hope where there was none before the projects were removed. If the sites of BW Cooper and CJ Peete give way to nothing but park land (I’d prefer to see an inner city golf course–it’d be da bomb), it will create better living conditions for the entire area and perhaps some drainage plain (could add some lagoons and ponds too) that would be a real benefit to the area. With blighted, public housing gone, there will actually be a market for private low and middle income housing, so it can be maintained, rather than squandered, as has been the case for the last few decades. There is no downside to razing these failed projects.