There have been many plans proposed for Bliss Towers--demolition and replacement, rehabilitation, or something in between. The plan du jour seems to be constructing a new building across State Street from Bliss Towers, to "de-densify" the high-rise, and then demolishing the top four or five floors of the building.
This morning, on NPR's Weekend Edition, Scott Simon interviewed Ben Austen, journalist and author of the book High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. The interview, which can be heard here, is recommended listening for all readers. The book should probably be recommended reading for those making decisions about the future of Bliss Towers. Publisher's Weekly had this to say about it: "Urban planners in particular will find this an instructive guide, or, perhaps more importantly, a cautionary tale about a failed attempt to provide affordable housing for the poor."
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