Preserving housing along The 606

Residents living along the route of Chicago’s new recreational trail The 606 (also known as Bloomingdale Trail) are, as predicted, feeling the pressure of gentrification. For low-income families, this could mean a forced exodus further west, away from the city, where rents and property values remain low.  Mayor Emanuel promised to help preserve affordable housing […]

More changes come to the CHA with John T Hooker as new Chairman

The Chicago Housing Authority will welcome a new board chairman in August, when current Chairwoman Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott retires from the position. Mayor Emanuel has chosen John T. Hooker as Scott’s replacement. Hooker has worked for more than forty years for ComEd, most recently as vice president of legislative and external affairs, lobbying for the […]

Do the proposed amendments to Chicago’s affordable housing ordinance go far enough?

On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel submitted a proposed amendment of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) to the Chicago City Council. Read more about the ordinance and the suggested changes here. I am proud of the mayor for realizing that the 247 units created under the ordinance since 2007 is inadequate when compared to the city’s housing needs. But I […]