No that's not an army barracks in the photo above. Its the dirt and planter boxes that suddenly appeared this past weekend at the southern end of the former Lerner site (Rogers and Ashland). At the north end five large piles of chips were dumped.
Some critics have called this a "gentrification bullet". That's either being overly optimistic or pessimistic. Plenty of corners like Lincoln and Kedzie where neighbors would have a good laugh over a crack like that (site of former motel).
Howard Street is ripe for development (potentially). Just not right now. Hence the community garden placeholder. A common solution to many many sites sitting vacant after the housing bubble. This site is still stuck in development hell (a term normally used for scripts and movie ideas rotting away for years).
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