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A Tale Of Two Schools: Lincoln Gets An Annex; Manierre Gets Left Behind

Manierre Elementary is in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, tucked away behind the bustling commercial corridors on Wells Street and North Avenue.

The school is surrounded on two sides by renovated brownstones, new modern abodes and mini-mansions. But most of Manierre’s students are poor and black. Many live directly across the street in the Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a 10-building complex of subsidized housing.