Goal: Promote Equitable Transit-Oriented Development - Recommendation 4: Advocate to Include 35th/Archer Orange Line Station as a Future Elevated Chicago eHub

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Be aware of any forthcoming eHub selections

Elevated Chicago is a collaboration of 17 public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including CMAP, that have come together to build equity into transit-oriented development in Chicago by improving health, safety, climate resilience, and cultural vitality indicators of people of color living and working near transit. A key challenge that Elevated Chicago is addressing is the displacement of people of color in connection with TOD, both where rapid development leads to gentrification, and where TOD bypasses communities that have been disinvested for decades. MPDC should work with relevant partners and Elevated Chicago to explore the feasibility of including the 35th/Archer Orange Line Station as a future eHub (equitable hub).

Elevated Chicago started its work around seven CTA train stations, establishing eHubs within the half-mile radius circle around each station. The eHubs are generally grouped into four geographies: Logan Square Blue Line station; California Pink Line station; Kedzie/Lake Green Line and Kedzie-Homan Blue Line (Kedzie Corridor) stations; and 51st Street, Garfield, and 63rd Street Green Line stations. With a neighborhood plan in place, McKinley Park can advocate for the work Elevated Chicago is doing around the city. Currently, there is no talk of adding new eHubs, but McKinley Park can position itself for when the next call for projects becomes available.

Elevated Chicago believes capital investments and programming, paired with systemic policy and narrative change, will positively impact the communities they work in. The Elevated Chicago workplan aims to leverage existing resources to activate the people, places, and processes necessary to drive racially equitable transit-oriented development in Chicago:

  • People: Build capacity promote local ownership amplify power & narratives
  • Place: Invest in health & climate resilience; support transit-oriented community spaces create; and preserve healthy, green, affordable housing
  • Process: Promote meaningful community engagement; adopt a common diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) framework; elevate eTOD & resident and business retention in policy agendas; increase community access to adequate, responsive capital sources

The community has actively asked for support to avoid residential displacement. With this being a primary concern, McKinley Park should also act to ensure that residents are not left out from neighborhood changes. One way for all of the stakeholders to support this kind of meaningful integration and request is through the creation and request of an eHub.

There is an opportunity for promoting social cohesion and giving the residents the tools to garner the benefits of positive neighborhood change. McKinley Park strives to look at innovative and comprehensive ways to ensure equity in the neighborhood’s future developments.

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