Recently, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to develop more than 20,000 new homes on Chicago’s south lakefront at the site of the shuttered U.S. Steel plant, which has laid waste for more nearly three decades. Though the projected cost of the project has yet to be announced, it is expected to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars—this, on top of the redevelopment of the Jackson Park Golf Course, the Obama Presidential Center, the Michael Reese Project, and other investments already underway in this predominantly African-American section of the city.
With billions of dollars of investment pouring in South Shore and neighboring communities of Washington Park, Woodlawn and Chat- ham, an independent network of high-powered stakeholders has emerged to ensure local residents have shared governance and ownership in all aspects of the neighborhood’s revival.
South Shore Works is the brainchild of Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. The coalition is comprised of some of the neighborhood’s top leaders in the fields of urban planning, economic development, technology, education, social services, civil rights, public safety, the arts, youth development, as well as health care, philanthropy, legislation and public policy. Anchored by umbrella organizations such as the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Planning Coalition, ABJ Community Services and the Black United Fund of Illinois, the consortium is working to finalize a strategic plan that has been underway for several months.
Read more at the Chicago Crusader: https://chicagocrusader.com/south-shore-coalition-we-will-not-be-locked-out/