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News & Events from past year

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

City Wants To Fix Dangerous West Side Streets By Adding Bike Lanes, Pedestrian Islands And More With $6 Million Infrastructure Plan

GARFIELD PARK — Some of the most dangerous streets in the city for deadly crashes are on the West Side. Now, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and West Side community members are hoping to change that with a $6 million infrastructure improvement plan designed to make West Side streets safer.

Affordable housing developer tapped for East Garfield Park project

The firm Preservation of Affordable Housing plans a $22.3 million environmentally friendly mixed-income housing development in the West Side neighborhood after winning a design competition.

Hatching New Businesses: How Accion & The Hatchery are Supporting Entrepreneurship

EAST GARFIELD PARK — A few years back, Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana, a nonprofit lending organization that provides fiduciary support to underserved populations, had an unexpected epiphany: they needed more kitchens.

Kuumba Tre-Ahm Community Garden hosts Food Sovereignty Action Day Sat. May 18th

Kuumba Tre-Ahm Community Garden will be hosting a Food Sovereignty Action Day at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. The event, organized by Advocates for Urban Agriculture, will bring together community members to volunteer at the garden while also supporting local food sovereignty goals.

The Hatchery Chicago Cooking Up Food and Jobs on the West Side

There’s a new business incubator in Chicago that's cooking up some innovative food products on the West Side. And it's the home for a culinary wizard’s passion project.

Cooking Up New Businesses in The Hatchery

While headlines tout a booming economy and low unemployment, many parts of the country still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession. What’s more, recent research shows that inequality within urban areas can be stark and that the divides in economic opportunity between neighbors even within a city can have lasting effects on their children’s futures. Addressing these inequities can expand opportunity now and help set up the next generation for success.

A new collaborative effort between two organizations in Chicago is working to address this challenge. 

Researchers launch plan to cut Chicago death gap in half by 2030

The sprawling West Side area of Chicago is just a few miles away from the city’s downtown. But the average life expectancy here is just 69 years of age that’s nine years below the national average and 16 years behind those living in the more affluent downtown area. That’s why researchers and the local healthcare community launched a plan to cut the death gap in half by 2030.