Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on We Will Chicago (Housing & Neighborhoods) - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on We Will Chicago (Housing & Neighborhoods)

June 9, 2022, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT

This is a past event

Online via Zoom.

Hosted by: City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Metropolitan Planning Council, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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For all Chicagoans, having a safe and affordable place to live is critical. Your home and neighborhood offer not only shelter but also the opportunity to lead a healthy and enjoyable life. The overall well-being of residents and the entire city depends on the presence of thriving communities anchored by housing. Stable and affordable housing must be located in areas that have accessible options for transportation, places to shop, open spaces for recreation and leisure, as well as venues for entertainment. 

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council as we explore international models that advance the goal of stable, affordable, and well-connected housing for all. You will hear from global voices on successful initiatives and City of Chicago leaders on the relevant policies included in the We Will Chicago draft framework plan. These policies and your input can help lead to more livable communities.

 Speakers include:

  • Juan Sebastian Arias, Deputy Director of Policy, Chicago Mayor's Office (presenter)
  • Desislava Ivanova, Chief Expert of European Projects, Dupnitsa, Bulgaria (panelist)
  • Commissioner Marisa Novara, Department of Housing, Chicago (panelist)
  • Heather D. Parish, Executive Director of The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, Chicago (moderator)

This event is part of a seven-part series on We Will Chicago, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the City of Chicago. Each event in the series will feature a panel presentation of international and local city experts, along with an interactive participant workshop to provide feedback and input on the plan’s draft policies. This is the first citywide plan in more than fifty years - don’t miss your chance to engage with fellow Chicagoans on strategies and ideas to improve the quality of the city’s housing and neighborhoods. We need your voice to help shape the city’s future! Check out the schedule of events based on the We Will Chicago Plan pillars here.

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