Lisa Pugh, the Local School Council chairwoman at Pope Elementary School,
walked down the 1900 block of South Troy Avenue directly behind the
school, rattling off at least a dozen of her neighbors’ names.
has lived in her home, which was built in 1909, for more than 12 years.
Other homes on the block are also more than a century old, and the
residents work hard to keep them well maintained, she said on a windy
But the Chicago Public Schools plan to shut down
Pope in June has left Pugh and other nearby residents
wondering what will happen to their property values and their North
Lawndale neighborhood if the building is left vacant.
“Like me, a
lot of the property owners don’t want it to close because their
property taxes are going into the school, and it’s ridiculous to see
(CPS) want to close it down,” she said. Read more »