A new phase for an old steel community

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The section of the south lakefront once occupied by U.S. Steel’s South Works is larger than the Loop — and it’s been empty since the steel mills shut down 25 years ago.

On WBEZ, Kari Lydersen looks at prospects for a proposed redevelopment, including 13,000 units of upscale housing, shopping, and a research park and charter school.  And she talks with local residents who wonder whether they’ll have a role in the new South Chicago, or whether they’ll be pushed out.

In a companion piece, Lydersen looks at a thriving Latino art scene on the Southeast Side, which the local chamber of commerce hopes will contribute to the area’s revitalization.

The radio debut of veteran print journalist Lydersen was catalyzed by the Local Reporting Initiative of the Chicago Community Trust, which connected her with producer Bill Healy.

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