Demolition began Wednesday morning of Cabrini Green's last standing high-rise.
It marks the final stage of a years-long initiative to raze the housing project and signals the last chapter in the development's storied, troubled history.
The few remaining residents moved out of the now-vacated building in December. At one time, Cabrini Green was made up of 10 sections, built over a 20-year stretch that started in 1942, and was home to 15,000 people.
The development became known for gang violence, deteriorating conditions and an unspeakable crime surrounding Girl X, a 9-year-old found strangled, raped and poisoned in a stairwell.
Crime in the complex was so bad that Cabrini became know nationally as the worst housing project in the country.