$250 million will bring ‘transformative change’ to 10 South, West side neighborhoods, Lightfoot says

Oct 25, 2019

“Chicago will spend $250 million over the next three years to bring “transformative change” to ten South and West Side neighborhoods “starving for too long,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.

‘We are bringing the whole of government to these efforts. … We will be creating targeted workforce programs and transforming our use of public owned land to encourage development,’ the mayor told a standing-room-only news conference on Chicago Avenue in Austin.

‘This is what a truly cross-sector, comprehensive investment plan for our South and West Side looks like. … The city is here. The city will stay. We will not be transactional. We will not leave you. We will lead and invite others to follow in our path.’

The 10 neighborhoods targeted for the unprecedented infusion of city capital are: Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, Quad Communities, New City, Roseland, South Chicago and South Shore.

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