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Men’s Discussion Group – Development, Property Values and Gentrification
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
Members & guests–free. To register, please scroll down or call the Village office at 773.248.8700.
This presentation is by Sarah Duda of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) which is an applied research center situated in the Real Estate Center at DePaul University. IHS’s mission is to provide housing and community development practitioners, government agencies, and community-based organizations with reliable, impartial, and timely research and data about the state of affordable housing and neighborhood economic health. IHS’s research helps housing and community development practitioners understand often rapidly changing conditions in local housing markets, influences policy decisions, helps measure the impact of policy interventions, and raises awareness of emerging affordable housing and place-based community development issues.
As an illustration of the work that the Institute does, our speaker, Sarah Duda, will give a presentation on the impact that the opening of the 606 Trail had on property values in the vicinity of the trail. The presentation will include a discussion of the impact that the trail had on gentrification and on the residents who lived in the area and were forced out as property values changes.
For those of you not familiar with the 606, it is an old rail line that has been converted into a linear park. It runs along Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N), from Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east to Ridgeway Ave (3750 W) on the west. The 606 has the elevated Bloomingdale Trail as its centerpiece, connecting to four neighborhood parks at ground level, an observatory, art installations, educational programming, and other amenities. Set above city streets, it’s a new way to explore Chicago on trails for biking, running and strolling. The 606 also connects parks, people, and communities; what once physically separated four neighborhoods now knits them together and attracts visitors from throughout Chicago and beyond.
We will also look at the impact that the Obama Library is having on property values and gentrifications in the Jackson Park area.
The Men’s Discussion Group meets every second Wednesday of each month, featuring different topics and guest speakers. It is open to men who are Village members and their male guests.
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