Community Planning Meeting & Moderated Professional Roundtable Recap

Please plan to attend an important, informative meeting about community development and education on June 10, 2014 at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. Big changes are coming to our community!

Jim Hanson, Principal of Mesa Development, Deborah Carlyle, Principal and Director of Design for the award winning architecture, interior design and planning firm SCB (Solomon Cordwell Buenz), Will Tippens, V.P. of Related Midwest and the architect in charge of managing Related Midwest’s master planning and design process, and Dr. Teresa Cordova, Director of the UIC Great Cities Institute, will discuss a variety of community development issues.  C4C successfully advocated for the Chicago Housing Authority to procure new professional master planning for Roosevelt Square which the agency will finalize this June, so we need to hear your ideas about the future of our community.

Whether it’s plans for a Walgreen’s on the corner of Ashland and Taylor, large development plans for the Illinois Medical District, the UIC Newman Center’s desire to build university student housing somewhere in our community or how we, as a community, can help shape the future of Roosevelt Square, there is much to discuss and learn. The future of community gardening and its location, schools, residential and retail density of Roosevelt Square and many other aspects of community building, including what UIC, Rush and other institutions in the Illinois Medical District could do to encourage more of their employees to live in our community, will all be on the table. We will also review an important new Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) UIC Multimodal Transportation Plan and Ashland Bus Rapid Transit. C4C recently requested that CMAP include the new Roosevelt Square master planning process in their Existing Conditions Report and they recently added it.

Our June 10th meeting will build upon a moderated April 22nd roundtable entitled “Plan Forward” Chicago Housing Authority’s Roosevelt Square: A Dialogue that C4C organized with UIC’s Department of Sociology with funding from UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement. Our April program at UIC’s Hull House Museum brought together six highly regarded academic experts in urban planning and sociology with Roosevelt Square stakeholder representatives from the Chicago Housing Authority, City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, the UIC administration, the Illinois Medical District, Rush University Medical Center, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, the Shriver Center, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the National Public Housing Museum and CPS. The program examined current research in community redevelopment and looked at what other cities have done to transform former public housing developments.

C4C thanks our April faculty presenters Teresa Cordova, Ph.D., Director of UIC Great Cities Institute, Maria Krysan, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Janet Smith, Ph.D., Co-Director of UIC’s Nathalie Vorhees Center For Neighborhood and Community Improvement, Robert Chaskin, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Deputy Dean, Strategic Initiatives, at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, Larry Bennett, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at DePaul University, and Larry Vale, Ph.D., Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT.  A special thank you to Barbara Risman, Ph.D., Head of UIC’s Department of Sociology, who did much to make the program happen. Dr. Risman is a tireless advocate of building a more effective university community.