LUCHA’s very own Juan Carlos Linares and Jennie Fronczak were featured as panelists at Elevated Chicago’s second symposium, All Aboard: People, Places and Process for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The gathering welcomed more than 200 guests including civic and nonprofit leaders, community builders, policy makers and funders to discuss the importance of equitable transit oriented development (eTOD) and strides forward in local eTOD projects, including LUCHA’s work around the Logan Square Blue Line.
As a steering committee member of Elevated Chicago, part of the national SPARCC initiative, we are proud to announce the expansion of the City of Chicago’s existing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy to more than 20 high-ridership bus routes along eight major corridors across the city, including Ashland Ave, Western Ave, and Chicago Ave. Thanks to the advocacy of community groups such as LUCHA via the Elevated Chicago platform, Chicago will be the first city to expand TOD to bus corridors. This is a major leap ahead for creating and preserving affordable housing, especially in areas of opportunity with access to jobs, schools, parks, and transit.
As a member of Elevated Chicago’s steering committee, LUCHA co-leads the community table of stakeholders activating the area surrounding the Logan Square Blue Line Station. Elevated Chicago, an equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) initiative working across seven Chicago communities, recently released its Workplan which is an ambitious set of actionable strategies for each of the seven elevated train stations where its work has started.
Now entering its second year, Elevated Chicago has convened community-based and citywide organizations under a singular big challenge: How can cities leverage their transit systems to address racial inequities and prevent displacement of people of color? That simple question requires a multifaceted approach that includes systems and narrative change, advocacy and policy, capital investments and grants, and knowledge sharing – the tools of Elevated Chicago’s work. Since its launch, the collaborative has awarded $1,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations such as LUCHA as we work together to advance racial equity, improve access to culture, boost climate resiliency, and address public health disparities in the vicinity of seven Chicago Transit Authority stations.
If you’d like to learn more about LUCHA’s work to advance racial equity via Elevated Chicago, please join us at our upcoming On The Table event: Tuesday, September 25th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Puebla Restaurant, 2658 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org