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WORKING Presorted “Food Oases” continued from front “Digital Smarts” continued from front LISC/CHICAGO First Class US Postage SPRING 2011 Making the link between the two The new Diabetes Empowerment PAID sets of findings was easy. Find- Center, at California and Division, Emy Tseng, program officer for Board of Advisors Chicago, IL includes a large kitchen that hosts the Broadband Technology Op- Permit No. 3193 ing solutions was not. Lori Healey, Chair cooking classes on healthy eating portunities Program, said the The John Buck Company Local Initiatives Support CAPITAL LISC/Chicago has pursued a with the goal of helping people group was particularly interested David Anderson (Emeritus) Corporation/Chicago comprehensive, multi-pronged control diabetes through diet. in how Chicago had used “real so- New Pacific Consulting, LLC approach to the challenge of cial networks rather than virtual Ann Baughan 135 S. LaSalle St., #2230 urban food deserts, addressing These grassroots efforts are in- networks,” to recruit participants. State Farm Insurance The Newsletter of the Chicago Program Chicago, IL 60603 immediate needs for a better tended to build the physical and economic infrastructure neces- In Auburn Gresham, where tech Kevin Brookins of Local Initiatives Support Corporation supply of healthy eating options, ComEd, An Exelon Company p: 312·422·9550 while building – and document- sary for grocery stores and organizer Jimmy Prude filled his first training class by recruiting James Capraro f: 312·422·0802 ing – enough demand for fresh restaurants. The Greater Auburn- Capraro Consulting food that the market will attract Gresham Development Corpora- members of local churches and working mothers whose children Franklin Cole (Emeritus) and grow new businesses in the tion (GADC) is working with communities who lack them. faculty and staff of the University attend local child care centers, the neighborhood portal functions as Croesus Corporation Willard S. Evans, Jr. FOOD OASES of Chicago’s Urban Health Initia- In Washington Park, for example, tive on a project to put healthy a kind of local “Yahoo.com”, al- lowing people within the commu- Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Laurence Freed BEGIN TO choices on food store shelves neighbors said that while they un- and to get food manufacturers to nity to connect with local Joseph Freed and Associates BLOOM derstood that they should eat healthier, and even had some ac- provide higher quality foods. And residents, schools, small busi- nesses and city colleges. Frances Grossman Urban Partnership Bank lisc-chicago.org When a report was released cess to reasonably-priced healthy LISC MetroEdge is creating and Francia Harrington food, they weren’t sure how to refining tools that retailers can JPMorgan Chase identifying Chicago Food actually prepare the sometimes- use to evaluate potential new Innovative ideas are the focus of the Deserts in 2006, portions of the unfamiliar foods in a healthy way. sites, including: customer-spot- Chicago Lawn portal where neigh- Michael Lewis Harris LISC/CHICAGO city’s South and West sides borhood youth have taken leader- Washington Park Consortium, the NCP lead agency, worked with ting maps that show where a par- ticular store has the greatest ship roles in working with John G. Markowski Community Investment Corporation WELCOMES NEW Young people go on-line at the launch party for the Humboldt Park por- were devoid of any sellers of fresh produce. That same year, them to create “What’s all the fuss about food?,” a program of- market share; competition and trade area maps that plot the community members and technol- ogy experts to identify the most effi- Craig Mizushima BOARD MEMBER tal (left), while City of Chicago and U.S. Dept. of Commerce officials tour a Smart Communities computer training class. Sinai Urban Health Institute completed a study that showed US Bank Craig Mizushima fering cooking demonstrations sites of competing stores within cient and appropriate technologies troubling rates of obesity, dia- a given radius; and demographic to serve the community. John Newman SVP, Midwest Regional Community and lectures about the impor- LaSalle Bank (Retired) betes and other nutrition-related tance of a well-balanced diet. profiles that show total popula- tion and number of households The Humboldt Park Portal aims Perry Pero (Emeritus) Development Manager, US Bank COMMUNITIES SHOW OFF THEIR health problems in Humboldt Park, North Lawndale and other In Humboldt Park, the Greater Humboldt Park Community of broken down by race and ethnic- ity, median household and per- to build a sense of community and connection among residents Northern Trust (Retired) Terry Peterson DIGITAL SMARTS neighborhoods on the South and West sides of Chicago. throughout Greater Humboldt Rush University Medical Center Wellness is surveying a 72-block capita income, and grocery Not long ago, there was no easy tive, which aims to ensure digital See “Food Oases” on next page area to determine if households dollars spent per week. Park. The portal is designed to Howard Pizer way to find out what events were access for children, families, busi- give underserved residents a United Center Joint have preconditions for diabetes. Venture/Chicago White Sox happening around Englewood, or nesses and other community insti- space where they can be both tutions in Auburn Gresham, consumers and producers of in- Hipolito Roldan Hispanic Housing SUMMER what schools and community or- ganizations were in the neighbor- Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Hum- formation, using technology to celebrate and preserve the culture Development Corporation SPORTS hood. Small businesses had little ability to reach out to people in the boldt Park and Pilsen. It’s man- aged by NCP lead agencies in each and heritage of Humboldt Park residents, and represent the com- Scott Swanson Charter One Bank - Illinois PLANS community, and those residents had of those neighborhoods and admin- istered by LISC/Chicago. munity with affirming stories and David Vitale Urban Partnership Bank UNDERWAY to rely on word-of-mouth to find out about most local news. images from the neighborhood. This summer – as in Smart Communities had a chance to Thomas Weeks show off its work when a delegation WeeksWeldon Development years past – LISC’s That all changed with the launch of Pilsen’s portal is a colorful display Company Neighborhood Sports the Englewood portal – from the U.S. Department of Com- of arts and culture in the area. Chicago will engage Englewoodportal.org. – offering merce visited Chicago this spring. With both English and Spanish youth from around the news and content created and The tour was part of a two-day visit language options, the portal has city in a variety of sports posted by community members. As hosted by the City of Chicago, which the ability to reach a myriad of programs. The activities site readership grows, organizers received federal grants totaling $16 audience members. The Pilsen Planning Committee created the GREEN! GOING efforts to help the en- As part of our promote good exercise and fitness, help build hope it will someday be the first thing people see when they search million for Smart Communities and expansion of Public Computing Cen- portal as one step among many vironment, we are encouraging you community strength and for information about Englewood. ters to provide enhanced access to that will make the neighborhood a to receive this mailing and others identity, and serve as a broadband technology, educational "Digital Excellence" community. electronically. If you would like to be Neighborhood portals like Engle- training, and opportunities to earn way to identify potential added to our email list, please send wood’s are just one aspect of Smart hardware and software. Students in the urban agriculture program at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos your name, organization and e-mail neighborhood leaders. A chef stir fries a tasty concoc- Communities, part of the City of High School in Humboldt Park. address to firstname.lastname@example.org tion at the 61st Street Farmers’ Chicago’s Digital Excellence Initia- See “Digital Smarts” on next page Market. NORTH LAWNDALE’S LIVING LEGACY LEADERSHIP TAKES CENTER STAGE AT CNDA CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 2011 CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS WINNERS: The dream that Martin Luther King Jr. LCDC expanded the concept into a Despite the sluggish real estate mar- The theme of the 17th annual Properties, are the bedrock of summed up Chicago’s identity as had 45 years ago, when he moved to historic district that eventually will ket, considerable progress has been Chicago Neighborhood Develop- democracy and progressive social both a global center and a city of North Lawndale to support open feature a King memorial and exhibit, made readying several other LISC - ment Awards – the largest ever, at- change. neighborhoods. “The mayor housing, became a reality in early a community center, a pocket park, aided projects for groundbreaking in tracting more than 1,500 people – made us believe in ourselves as a April for hundreds of community lead- new stores and improved schools. 2011. Two of the biggest will be: was “Leadership Makes the Dif- Although Mayor Daley was un- great city, a world-class city,” said ers and residents who gathered to hail So the new $17.7 million apartment ference.” That theme was re- able to attend this year’s February Mooney. “The president of China the Dr. King Legacy Apartments as a complex, complete with 4,500 The Shops and Lofts at 47, a project new beginning for the neighborhood. square feet of sidewalk-level retail, is that was restructured last year to flected throughout the day, 8 event at the UIC Forum, his stopping here is a testament to only a start. dovetail with the Chicago Housing beginning with the pre-event deep support for community de- that. He balanced what we did The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental forum in which the four leading velopment was recognized at the on the world stage with what we Outstanding Non-Profit Real Estate Project “The dream lives on in Lawndale!” Authority’s Plan for Transformation. Community Strategy of the Year Housing Preservation Award PCC Community Wellness Center for they chanted inside a big white tent With support from State Farm Insur- This mixed-use complex at 47th and mayoral contenders, including ceremony with the renaming of needed to do at home in our Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness PCC Austin Family Health Center Heartland Housing for Hollywood House set up at 16th Street and Hamlin Av- ance Companies, LISC provided a Cottage Grove will feature a major mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, The Friend of the Neighborhoods neighborhoods.” enue. “We are on our way to a new predevelopment loan and support grocer anchoring ground-floor store- shared their perspectives on com- Award in his honor. The newly-ti- Lawndale!” declared Rev. Randall W. for a project manager and historic fronts and, up above, 150 apart- munity development. tled Richard M. Harris, Sr., president of the Westside district task force. ments split among market rate, Daley Friend of Federation of Chicago. With co- subsidized and housing authority Julia Stasch, vice president for the Neighbor- emcee Kimberlie Jackson, executive Other project support came from the tenants. Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, U.S. programs for the John D. and hoods Award was director of Lawndale Christian Devel- City of Chicago, Illinois Housing De- executive director of Quad Commu- Catherine T. MacArthur Founda- given to Cook opment Corporation (LCDC), Harris in- velopment Authority, the Richman nities Development Corp., predicts a tion, moderated the forum, inter- County Board troduced and credited the many VIPs Group, and Citibank. The Chicago 2011 start for what she promises will in attendance, including U.S. Senator Housing Authority will lease 10 of the be a “new urban model” for revitaliz- viewing each contender on a President Toni The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood The Richard M. Daley The PrivateBank range of issues, including the fore- Preckwinkle by Real Estate Project Award Special Recognition Award Friend of the Neighborhoods Award Norman Bobins Leadership Award Richard Durbin, Congressman Danny 45 apartments as part of its Plan for ing faded commercial corridors. Holsten Real Estate Development Goodcity Toni Preckwinkle, President, Rob And Amy Castañeda, Davis and Mayor Richard M. Daley. Transformation. closure crisis, public safety and Lori Healey, Corporation for Wilson Yard Cook County Board of Commissioners Beyond the Ball Planning is almost complete for Zap- education. LISC/Chicago’s Memorializing Dr. King’s historic 1966 During construction the team of ata Apartments, a joint effort of Bick- board chair and THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY DESIGN WINNERS summertime stay on Chicago’s West Safeway and Weis Builders created erdike Redevelopment Corp. and the Emanuel spoke knowledgeably former chief of Side long had been an ambition of 130 jobs for minorities and women, Logan Square Neighborhood Associ- about LISC and the resources and staff to Mayor LCDC. The N. Lawndale NCP qual- at least 50 of them from the neigh- ation. Zapata won key zoning ap- partnerships it nurtures. “I be- Daley. “This ity-of-life plan called for development borhood. The apartments are en- provals during 2011 and will break lieve the city can learn from LISC year’s winner has of affordable apartments on the very ergy-efficient as well as affordable. ground soon. LISC loans and grants rather than the other way worked her entire site of the building where Dr. King Most have rents within reach of fami- helped secure and maintain the three around.” he said. “LISC does it life to improve un- and his family lived during what was lies making 60 percent of the now-vacant development sites the right way – comprehensively.” derserved commu- called the Chicago Freedom Cam- Chicago area’s median income, and around Armitage Avenue, where 60 paign—an effort to call attention to some units have been subsidized so affordable apartments will be built. nities,” said slum conditions facing African-Amer- as to be affordable to families mak- Emanuel also offered his own Healey. In her ac- icans throughout the urban North. ing as little as 15 percent of median. community development agenda, ceptance prioritizing elimination of “food speech, Preckwin- deserts,” reducing city overhead, kle thanked Daley First Place Second Place Third Place John Ronan Architects Booth Hansen Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and a southwest extension of the “for his commit- Christ the King College Preparatory High School Chicago Park District Fieldhouses Teen Living Programs CTA’s Red Line. ment to all things that strengthen Linking past, present and future, communities.” CNDA event chair Christopher G. Kennedy later spoke about the in- volvement of his parents, Robert Andrew J. Mooney, the in- GRANT & LOAN ACTIVITY and Ethel Kennedy, with the civil terim commis- In the first Quarter of 2011, LISC $273,975 to Jane Addams Hull $15,000 to the LEED Council to rights organizations that gave rise sioner of the city’s committed $2,384,414 in grants to House to expand, build and operate support its green task force and to many present-day community newly reorganized support communities around the a new Center for Working Families business outreach. city, including: site at Kennedy-King College and to development corporations and Department of create a new FamilyNet Center. $10,000 to the Rogers Park Busi- with the original Bedford Housing and Eco- $288,000 to Perspectives Calumet ness Alliance to support early action Stuyvesant Restoration Corpora- nomic Develop- Charter Middle School to support $47,785 to North River Commission projects recommended by the tion. Community action and de- ment, stood in for Julia Stasch and mayoral candidate TOP: Moderator extra teachers, tutors, counselors for the Albany Park Multi-Cultural LISC/MetroEdge study of Western velopment, said Kennedy, Mayor Daley, offer- Rahm Emanuel at CNDA’s forum. and a social worker, as part of its Sculpture Park and Healing Garden. Avenue. president of Merchandise Mart ing remarks that BOTTOM: Event Chair Chris Kennedy addresses more Elev8 program. Dignitaries cut the ribbon for the new Dr. King Legacy Apartments in North Lawndale. than 1,500 attendees.
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