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Our impact

The City of Chicago has incentivized development near transit (TOD) since 2013, but 90% of it has taken place in the North and Northwest sides or near the Loop, and most of it has been neither affordable nor community-driven. The South and West sides have benefited only from 10% of new transit-oriented development. The 2020 Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Policy Plan was co-created by Elevated Chicago and the City to address these shortcomings.

Where we work

Our work began in 2017 with a focus on the half-mile radius of seven CTA stations located in Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Little Village, Homan Square, Garfield Park and Logan Square. We call these areas equitable hubs, or eHubs. Since then, our work has expanded to 20+ eHubs where residents see ETOD as a key tool for community development and recovery, from Rogers Park to Washington Heights. We call this expanded network Elevated Chicago Plus.

3-Year Report

Elevated Chicago, a collaborative of community members and organizations, organized around a single idea: Impacting our city’s built environments by applying a racial equity lens to urban planning and development, transit, public health, arts and culture, and sustainability. Read about the tremendous impact we had over our first three years.

Our Impact