Marvin Edwards, a long-time Cabrini-Green tenant and community leader, pulled up on West Scott Street at little after 7 a.m. today to watch as a wrecking crew started taking down the last of the public housing development's high-rises. Edwards didn't live in 1230 N. Burling, the building being demolished, but he had a lot of memories of the structure, both good and tragic. There was the time in the early 1980s when his sister, a musician, was practicing with a band called the Electric Force in 1230 N. Burling. During the session, a gang member shot the band's drummer, he said, mistaking him for someone else. Still, for Edwards, the swing of the wrecking ball this morning marked a bittersweet moment. "This is home. To see the final building about to come down brings tears to your eyes," Edwards said. "This was home to so many people."
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