Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about Pilsen

Policies and Politics, Not TODs, Are to Blame for Affordable Housing Crunch

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Yesterday the Tribune’s Mary Wisniewski further explored a topic Streetsblog’s John Greenfield covered two weeks ago for the Reader. Virtually all of Chicago’s new transit-oriented development projects are upscale buildings in affluent or gentrifying neighborhoods. TOD advocates argue that adding housing in these communities will take pressure off the rental market. But some Logan Square residents […]

KaBOOM Promotes Placemaking as a Way to Encourage Play

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Active, creative, and social play has a number of benefits for children, especially those in low-income, urban communities. However, nowadays many kids don’t get enough opportunities for healthy play, according to staffer Janine Kacprzak from the nonprofit KaBOOM. The organization has helped build over 2,500 playgrounds across the country, including hundreds in Chicago, Kacprzak said. […]

Go Pilsen TDM Program Encourages Walking, Biking and Transit Use

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[This article also runs in Checkerboard City, John’s column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets on Wednesday evenings.] Last September, the Chicago Department of Transportation launched the Go Bronzeville transportation demand program in the historic Near South neighborhood otherwise known as the Black Metropolis. The initiative provided resources for residents interested in getting around […]

IDOT Announces $20M in Pedestrian and Bike Improvements for Chicagoland

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The Illinois Department of Transportation announced last week [PDF] that it is distributing over $20 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds to bicycle and pedestrian projects in the Chicagoland area. Highlights for Chicago include: A streetscape project on Devon Avenue that will improve the pedestrian environment for two blocks between California Avenue and Rockwell […]