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Strengthening Chicago’s New Mixed-Income Communities
Reconnecting Neighborhoods is supporting residents of new Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation mixed-income communities in three Chicago neighborhoods – the Near West, Mid-South, and Near North – by identifying and attracting transportation, infrastructure, and retail investment. Starting in 2007, a two-year community planning process sponsored by the Regional Transportation Authority and City of Chicago led to a strategy for each neighborhood, with specific recommendations ranging from new El stations, street cars, and improved streets that balance the needs of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to new retail corridors and bus routes. The Metropolitan Planning Council facilitated the community engagement process and, starting in 2009, is partnering with community, private, and public sector leaders to implement improvements that will connect these once-isolated neighborhoods back to the fabric of the city.
As a part of Reconnecting Neighborhoods, MPC is working with the Bronzeville Alliance, a group of residents and organizations committed to the economic, social and cultural redevelopment of the historic Bronzeville community. Located on the South Side of Chicago, the Bronzeville community includes the neighborhoods roughly bounded by 18th Street on the north, the Dan Ryan Expressway on the west, 67th Street on the south, and Lake Michigan (18th to 47th Street), Drexel Avenue (47th to 51st Streets), and Cottage Grove Avenue (51st to 67th Streets) on the east. The Alliance works to create and sustain a vibrant, intergenerational, mixed-income community that is locally owned and controlled, and reflects and honors the community’s historic African-American heritage.
The March 2012 MPC report, Developing Vibrant Retail in Bronzeville, offers recommendations for coordinated retail planning, retention, and recruitment efforts in the community.
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City of Chicago
Regional Transportation Authority
Mid South Task Force
Near North Task Force
Near West Task Force
Intergovernmental Advisory Committee
The 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation