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Community members invited to help plan retail, transportation access on city's Near North Side

(Chicago) … The Clybourn corridor between North and Ashland avenues has adapted from a manufacturing hub to a diverse and bustling commercial center. Meanwhile, residential development in the neighborhood continues, including two new mixed-income communities being created by the Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for Transformation, Northtown Village and Parkside of Old Town. The need for transportation to evolve along with residential and commercial development is painfully clear to anyone who travels to the area – whether to shop on a sunny Saturday afternoon or to deliver the trendy goods beckoning shoppers.

The Near North Task Force of Reconnecting Neighborhoods , a new community development initiative, invites community members to a public meeting on Wednesday, March 26, to:

- Voice their opinions about how to make their neighborhood more convenient and vibrant.
- Plan improvements that will increase access to transportation, shopping and jobs.
- Learn more about transportation and retail amenities in the Near North, Old Town , Goose Island, River North, and former Cabrini Green neighborhoods.

This is the first community meeting on the Near North side for Reconnecting Neighborhoods, a project that invites residents of three Chicago neighborhoods to participate in the planning for the future of their communities. The project will result in recommendations for enhanced transit services, retail, and improved public infrastructure in the Near North, Near West and Mid-South neighborhoods. The project is being led by the City of Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development, with support from the Regional Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Planning Council. HNTB, a planning firm, is handling the project’s technical work and research.

For more information, visit the Reconnecting Neighborhoods Web site.

Public meeting inviting residents to participate in Reconnecting Neighborhoods

Charles Smith, Co-Chair, Reconnecting Neighborhoods Near North Task Force
Brandon Johnson, Manager, Reconnecting Neighborhoods, Metropolitan Planning Council

When & Where:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Evergreen Towers Apartments, 1333 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago

This meeting is public and open to everyone.

RSVP on the Reconnecting Neighborhoods Web site, by e-mailing, or by calling Brandon Johnson at (312) 863-6046. Reporter inquiries should be directed to Mandy Burrell Booth, at or (312) 863-6018.


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