Project update: On April 2nd, the Resident Advisory Council joined the Elevated Chicago Community Table to speak with representatives from Alderwoman Dowell's office, DPD, CTA, RTA, and CDOT. The workshop covered a range of topics, with a focus on housing and transportation. The next steps for the project are to produce the deliverables that can help community members hold decision-makers accountable for their actions, and meet with city officials to review their responses to issues raised by residents.
For the Garfield Green Line South station, CMAP is working with community members and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to update the Community Work Plan put together by Elevated Chicago, with the specific goal of continuing the progress of turning the station into a community asset. The project team will also review past plan recommendations to understand where progress has been made, and where barriers remain.
The project seeks to understand the impact that decades of disinvestment have had and work to change the narrative around a community with strong, positive amenities – including Washington Park, local businesses, XS Tennis, Sweetwater Foundation, and DuSable Museum.
A more equitable approach to development around transit is needed--one that prioritizes the retention of residents and businesses, and allows for more inclusive growth around transit. Elevated Chicago started its work around seven CTA train stations, establishing eHubs (equitable hubs), within the ½-mile radius circle around each station.
The Elevated eHubs are generally grouped into four geographies: Logan Square Blue Line station, California Pink Line station, Kedzie/Lake Green Line and Kedzie-Homan Blue Line (Kedzie Corridor) stations, and 51st Street, Garfield, and 63rd Street Green Line stations. This LTA project will be working specifically with the Garfield Green Line South station.