Ben Carson’s HUD is shutting down two of the largest housing projects in Cairo, Illinois, leaving the town’s fate to a higher power.

Editor’s note: From Charles Dickens to Ben Carson, those who visited Cairo, Illinois, have rarely described it in kind words. For her latest contribution to CityLab, writer and visual storyteller Martha Park explores the latest challenge facing this long-struggling city.

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