In 1969, legendary Chicago journalist Studs Terkel interviewed residents of Lincoln Park about their lives, how the neighborhood was changing, and the tensions of the late 1960s. The Studs Terkel Radio Archives, hosted by WFMT, have posted 10 hours of these interviews online at the links below:
- Includes some of the most interesting interviews, including several members of the working class who don’t feel entirely sympathetic to either the middle class rehabbers or the anti-urban renewal activists. Also includes an interview with Stephen Shamberg, an LPCA president who resigned to oppose LPCA’s position on a proposed Young Lords Organization housing development.
- Includes an interview with Howard Alan, the architect who was hired by the Young Lords Organization to design their own affordable housing project.
- Includes an interview with a homeowner skeptical of both the rehabbers’ Lincoln Park Conservation Association and the radical anti-urban renewal activists
- “Who speaks for the 70k residents of Lincoln Park? Certainly not the officers and directors of the Mid-North Association, no more than the chair-swinging men who knocked down lyle Mayer. The fact is no one speaks for all the residents. …It is as muddle-minded for officers to call for police protection as it is for the dissidents to resort to shouting and violence to make their points.” (at about 4:30)
- Includes an interview with José “Cha Cha” Jiménez and a woman who was helped by the Young Lords Organization after she was evicted. (at about 12:50)