Network Builder

The Network Builder archives provide Chicago neighborhood and community development movement articles.  Creation of state, city, county, and federal level programs are reported on among these volumes.  Interviews with key political and community leaders are here to provide context to current day obstacles and opportunities.  Refer to these documents when you need to see how far we've come....or how things never change.

Featured Issue from the Archive:


Issue 1, October 1977

Take a look at the very first issue of this citywide rag - see who was fighting for resources, struggling for equity, leading the pack.


Issue 10, November/December 1986

  • Local Groups Press Presidential Tower Demands: Groups call attention to the developers' misuse of public funds and to demand creation of low income housing trust fund
  • Political Climate Right for Housing Fight: Democrats gain Senate control in Reagan Administration
  • Network Fest Unites Housing Community: CRN celebrates 10 years (pictures)
During the Reagan era, subsidies for public housing were slashed as the government focused on defense programs and tax cuts.
Gentrification has been a perennial issue facing affordability in Chicago — but it has moved and evolved since we began talking about it.  
In 2012, the last of the Cabrini-Green housing project was torn down. The redevelopment of the former CHA site has been two decades in the making. 

Return to Research and Publications