Gazette Chicago 01 05 2018 E Edition Page 1

By Madeline Makoul As worries over gentrification mount, the City is launching an initiative to increase affordable housing in several neighborhoods. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announ- ced the pilot plan will "create 1,000 affordable units," improving upon the 2015 Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which required that 10% of units in new devel- opments reflect affordable prices. The pilot increases the number to 20% of units in a Near North Zone that includes parts of the Near West Side and West Loop and 15% in a Near West Zone that includes parts of the West Loop and West Haven, said Peter Strazzabosco, deputy commissioner for the Chi- cago Department of Planning and Development. Strazzabosco said officials cre- ated the new requirements in light of community concerns about affordable housing. The plan, which went into effect on Nov. 1 and will continue until Dec. 2020, took effect as two pilots, the Milwaukee Corri- dor Pilot on the North Side and the Near North/Near West Pilot. "The goals of the pilot initiative are to mitigate the impacts associ- ated with gentrification, to better protect the interests of the area's economically vulnerable residents from demographic and housing By Peter Winslow The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have dubbed 2018 the Year of Creative Youth. The City will invest more than $2 million to support artistic work of creative youth, provide perfor- mance stipends for City of Chi- cago festivals and partner events, and fund grants for youth arts or- ganizations. Leaders expect this initiative to bolster Chicago's exist- ing cultural programming and aid educators who foster the develop- ment of Chicago's future cultural and economic growth. As a culminating event, the City will host a new Creative Youth Fes- tival at Millennium Park on Sept. 22; the event will feature perfor- mances and displays by young art- ists in dance, music, theater, spo- ken word, visual arts, and other artistic endeavors. DCASE commissioner Mark Kelly noted that, in Chicago, "there are so many great organizations in- volved with youth, but much of their work is not visible to the city. So now it is the creative art of the youth that needs to be shown in the public realm. We have a mayor who was instrumental in launching the Year of Public Art in 2017, and he has done a lot of great work in plan- ning the Year of Creative Youth." Teresa Crdova, director of the Great Cities Institute at the Univer- sity of Illinois at Chicago and a pro- fessor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC's College of Urban Planning INSIDE A free, independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago City initiative designed to increase affordable housing in parts of community; opponents express skepticism OTHER HIGHLIGHTS West Loop businesses and residents call for range of transportation improvements. See page 3. Gazette Chicago looks back at 2017's busy news coverage. See "Year in Review" on page 18. Father Time offers wise counsel to Baby New Year as 2018 gets off to a rousing start. See page 26. Bernie and Esther Wong leave rich legacy of service to Chinatown community. See page 7. CMAP considers Bridgeport and Canaryville planning Year of Creative Youth will empower artistic Chicago students Continued on page 2 Pilsen Alliance disavows S.K.Y. confrontation; meeting follows. See page 14. January 5, 2018 Vol. 35, No. 9 By Rick Romano A regional planning agency will provide technical assistance to Bridgeport and Canaryville begin- ning in early 2018 so those neigh- borhoods have a blueprint for making future improvements. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), an agency created by the State Legis- lature in 2005, recently selected a joint proposal by the local neigh- borhoods. It is one of 34 projects in 2017 that CMAP selected from Continued on page 12 Continued on page 8 CHICAGO Part time faculty at Columbia College Chicago express their concern regarding fair wages. See page 10. Courtesy CMAP As part of its Go To 2040 plan, CMAP looks at areas such as public transportation that could improve communities. Above is a rendering of what a refurbished Chicago Transit Authority Red Line station at 35th Street might look like.

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