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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Executive
Real Estate Developer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Keep Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other.

Birthplace

Born:
3/29/1942
Birth Location:
West Point, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Executive
Real Estate Developer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Keep Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other.

Birthplace

Born:
3/29/1942
Birth Location:
West Point
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Biography

Real estate executive and real estate developer Vincent Lane was born on March 29, 1942 in West Point, Mississippi to Doyle Lane and Bertha Lee. He grew up on the southside of Chicago and graduated from Tilden Technical High School in 1960. Lane earned his B.S. degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in 1968. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked in the accounting departments of several companies including Mt. Sinai Hospital, International Harvester and U.S. Steel. Lane received his M.B.A degree from the University of Chicago in 1973.

After completing his education, Lane became senior vice president of the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation (WCDC). In 1976, Lane served as the president and general manager of Urban Services and Development, Inc. and LSM Venture Associates housing management companies. In 1988, Lane was appointed by managing director and chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). As chairman, he re-organized the CHA creating new programs such as the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department and Operation Clean Sweep. In 1991, Lane became president of American Community Housing Associates, Inc. Lane resigned from the CHA in 1995 after serving seven years as chairman. From 1997 to 2002, Lane served as president of Affordable Community Housing Advocate, LLC. In 2004, Lane became CFO of Woodlawn Community Development Corporation and since 2006, he has been a consultant responsible for the management of WCDC's real estate development program.

Lane has served on the boards of several organizations including the Corporation for Supportive Housing, National Historic Trust, Women's Treatment Center, Urban Land Institute and Roosevelt University. He received much recognition for his work in affordable housing development including the Regional Award for Minority Developer of the Year from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Visionary Award from the Boys and Girls Club. Lane is married to Rita Denise Vargas and has three adult children Vincent, Steven and Craig.


Vincent Lane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vincent Lane's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane recalls his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane reflects on the land his family owned in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane talks about his mother and Mary Holmes School in West Point, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about his mother's feelings on race and his memories of visiting Mississippi in the summers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vincent Lane talks about the Bryan family in West Point, Mississippi and his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vincent Lane talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about his family church in West Point, Mississippi and his family's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about his family's businesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane describes about his earliest childhood memory, playing hooky from school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane lists about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane talks about growing up near Bridgeport in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane recalls baseball at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about the Back of the Yards and Bronzeville neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about urban renewal and Chicago, Illinois' State Street Corridor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about his recollections of black political power in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about his high school interest in engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane recalls working at Immigration and Naturalization Service while attending the University of Illinois at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane comments on changes in public housing policy and residents in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane recalls life on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane recalls life on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane recalls his decision to major in accounting at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about his work during college and starting a small business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about black businessmen in Chicago including HistoryMaker Lester McKeever
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about his jobs after graduating from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane talks about his work at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about being unable to advance while working at International Harvester
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane recalls the 1968 riots in Chicago, Illinois following the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane recalls Mount Sinai Hospital's role in responding to the 1968 riots on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about working at Tuesday magazine, and later The Woodlawn Organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about working for The Woodlawn Organization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about intentional fires in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois and The Woodlawn Organization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane talks about black neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about his mother's bar on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane talks about The Woodlawn Organization's relationship to the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane talks about gentrification in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane comments on the demolition of public housing high rises and the administration of housing vouchers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane recalls earning his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and starting Urban Services and Development, Inc. and LSM Venture Associates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about multi-family housing units he developed
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about project-based section 8 housing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane talks about how Seventh Day Adventists were involved in his development projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about how he was able to finance his development projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane talks about HistoryMaker Renault Robinson and getting involved with the Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane comments on flaws he saw with public housing policy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about the effects of the Brooke Amendment and the Chicago Housing Authority's neglect of public housing residents
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about changes he made as chair of the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about the lack of policing in public housing in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane describes how he set up a police force for the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about the origins of Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane gives an outline of how he conducted Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane talks about the objectives of Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about how residents reacted to the presence of those conducting Operation Clean Sweep after the first raid
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about changes in Chicago public housing after Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Vincent Lane offers justifications for Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about the flow of federal money to the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about HistoryMaker Renault Robinson and former Chicago Housing Authority Police Commander Leroy O'Shield
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane describes the composition of Chicago public housing and taking his tactics to other cities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about reductions in the murder rate in Chicago public housing after Operation Clean Sweep
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane talks about Hope VI and his efforts to reconfigure public housing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane comments on problems he sees with development requirements set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane talks about the American Community Housing Association
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane recalls leaving the Chicago Housing Authority in 1995
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane talks about events of 1994 and his decision to resign from Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane talks about the circumstances that led to his indictment in 2001
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about the toll of being indicted and convicted
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane reflects upon his career in public housing
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane talks about reducing the staff of Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Vincent Lane describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Vincent Lane talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Vincent Lane explains how he became chairman of Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Vincent Lane talks about the people who represented the interests of Chicago Housing Authority residents during his tenure as chairman of the CHA
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Vincent Lane considers what he would have done differently in his career
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Vincent Lane talks about his family
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Vincent Lane describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Vincent Lane narrates his photographs