"The Michael Reese Hospital complex would have been part of an Olympic Village if Chicago had won the 2016 Summer Games," reports the New York Times, but the games go to Rio, and the hospital is being torn down. New projects are colled for and some encouraging efforts are already under way to revitalize this historic neighborhood, situated just South of the City's center, and close to Lake Michigan. One includes the Mayor's "Bronzeville Committee" and the dynamic spirit of the Chicago Military Academy located at 3419 South Giles Avenue. But surely more efforts are needed in Bronzeville/Black Metropolis, which contains some of the great landmarks of African American Culture, such as the second Chicago Defender building, which is on the Landmarks Illinois watchlist (photo: Landmarks Illinois) or the Grand Terrace Ballroom.
Rachel Cromidas, "Failed Olympics Bid Leaves Neighborhood in a Flux," New York Times (January 9, 2010).
"Reese Hospital on Life Support," Landmarks Illinois (January 2010).
Hillary Ross, "Don't be a Stranger: tBtW tours Bronzeville," The Blog That Works, Chicago Studies at the University of Chicago (October 26, 2009).
Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville (www.chicagomilitaryacademy.org).
Jennifer Farwell, "Bronzeville and Beyond: The Future Looks Bright for Chicago's Historic African American Places," Preservation (February 13, 2009).
Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District (egov.cityofchicago.org).