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Year in Review: Elevated Chicago 2021

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A year after the world faced the twin crises of COVID-19 and racial violence and injustices, the rationale for equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, became clearer: ETOD can be a tool in Chicago’s recovery toolbox.

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The momentum behind the ETOD movement was strong in 2021, and Elevated Chicago marked many highlights: The Chicago Plan Commission’s unanimous approval of the ETOD policy plan; the Office of the Mayor’s announcement of 11 ETOD pilot projects; the Chicago Department of Housing’s planned, record-setting investment of $800 million in affordable housing and ETOD projects.

Elevated Chicago grew in 2021 – our steering committee, our programs, our eHub communities. Our community partners had “wins,” too.

We welcomed the Endeleo Institute of the Washington Heights community to our steering committee. We received a $400,000 grant from the Walder Foundation to support green infrastructure projects. We advocated for federal funding of ETOD in Chicago, providing recommendations to U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush, Danny Davis, and Jesús “Chuy” García.

And, we expanded our government and community engagement. We partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Council to engage City of Chicago leaders in our first justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) cohort; we partnered with LSNA, Duo Development and Rudd Resources to engage community members in the first Equitable Development Ambassador cohort on community development and advocacy.

There is so much more to celebrate and to learn about the work Elevated Chicago did in just this past year in collaboration with community and city leaders, funders, artists and storytellers. Click here to read more in our highlights.

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