Interview with Jane Byrne
QUESTION 17
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Tear them down and start over again?

JANYE BYRNE:

My goal would have been to take a lot of the abandoned housing, ah, and I, I discussed this with ah, the President, President Reagan at a meeting of U.S. conference of mayor's small group. And we all felt the same. That they're a, they're a disservice to the poor. That you would put so much money into trying to keep them up. Some of them have been up for forty years. And if you could take that money and put it into rehabbing three flats, two flats, single family you know, they would--children would not have--the mothers wouldn't be fifteen floors away from a kid on the street with a gang banger. And they're s--laying all over the city. South Side, west side. There's abandoned housing all over. Structurally sound. And I would like to--If I had stayed, I can guarantee that's what I would have done.

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

OK. Let's--

JANYE BYRNE:

I don't know that you would need to tear them all down. But you could surely put seniors in them. And they would be safe. But you can't put a family of eight children in about eleven hundred square feet and in any way think they're going to be happy.