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News & Events from past year

For Generations, The South And West Sides Have Been Shut Out Of Housing Near Public Transit. A New Plan Aims To Change That

"We want to make sure that these transit-oriented projects are led by the community and owned by the community and do not displace people when they get built," one community leader said.

Public Art Installations Meet Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Through CNT’s Climate and Cultural Resilience Program, we have had the privilege of working with Ghian, Paola, and several other incredible Chicago residents, artists, designers, landscapers, and community organizations at four sites, including Overton, within a ½ mile of a CTA train stop across the City.

Development Without Gentrification: Garfield Green Housing Plan Aims To Spur Growth, Maintain Affordability On West Side

Historically, transit-oriented development has been centered in more affluent areas. A new plan for rapidly gentrifying Garfield Park puts longtime residents first.

West Side Market Returns Outdoors Amidst Pandemic

Despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market has officially returned to the West Side this summer.

Arthur Watts’ barbecue helped him build a new life after slavery. Nearly 160 years later, his recipes are helping his family build a business.

Arthur Watts knew his way around an open pit barbecue from the time he was just 6 years old. Born into slavery in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, his job was to manage the cooking fires throughout the plantation.

Matching transit to economic need

We have a new way to develop all neighborhoods without displacing people: equitable transit-oriented development.

A model to prevent a wave of evictions in the wake of coronavirus recession

A new coalition in East Garfield Park is aiming to head off displacement, gentrification and a land grab by speculators by protecting affordable housing and heeding the lessons of 2008.

New coalition takes aim at displacement

The Preserving Affordability Together Garfield Park Housing Coalition seeks to hold developers accountable.

West Side Community Garden Giving Away Raspberry Bushes

"If you can walk outside into your yard and eat a few raspberries every day, that's pretty empowering to have control over your own food," said garden manager John Perryman.

Community-led Coronavirus Response

Groups across our city and state have mobilized in offering assistance

Coronavirus Across Chicago: East Garfield Park

All Chicago neighborhoods have been hit hard by shutdowns related to the coronavirus, but lower-income communities that rely on social service organizations are facing a unique set of challenges.

With East Garfield Park Ripe For Gentrification, Residents Draw Up Blueprint To Protect Themselves

The community-driven plan was created over the past year in response to rising rents and new development coming to the area.

East Garfield Park residents fight rising home prices to prevent displacement as West Loop developments push west

Home prices in East Garfield Park have increased by 20% in 2018, making it the highest in Chicago.

Three Ideas Could Shift Housing from Outputs to Outcomes

In October, the Urban Institute challenged attendees at the Foundations for the Future of Housing conference to design an intervention that could increase stability, well-being, or racial equity—and do so with a particular resident’s experience in mind.

Using Data to Inform Community-Driven Decision Making in East Garfield Park

A critical component of the Institute for Housing Studies’ (IHS) applied research model includes technical assistance to community groups and custom data analysis that illustrates different factors behind changing neighborhood dynamics. These types of data can provide a greater understanding of the reasons behind neighborhood change, provide evidence that amplifies the day-to-day experiences of community members, and inform community-led conversions to identify priorities and strategies.

Garfield Park urban farm planning upgrades

FarmWorks wants to build rain garden to help prevent flooding