Articles tagged 'Affordability Series'

October 19, 2016

Urban Trails as Urban Planning

The Bloomingdale Trail, or The 606, opened just over a year ago, replacing an old railroad track on the northwest side of Chicago with an elevated garden/walking, jogging, rollerblading/community gathering spot. While some neighbors worried about rising home values pushing out longtime residents, others were excited for their neighborhood. Whatever side...

May 11, 2016

For Rental Housing, It’s the Best and Worst of Times

More Americans of all ages and incomes are renting today than at any time since the 1960s. The more than 845,000 renters in Chicago and suburban Cook County face a white-hot rental market that makes developers happy, but leaves renters of modest means scrambling. Demand is up, vacancies are tight, and...

May 9, 2016

Is Mixed-Income Public Housing the Answer?

A conversation with Robert Chaskin and Mark JosephIn their recent book, “Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation,” Robert Chaskin and Mark Joseph detail the demolition of Chicago’s high-rise public housing and the growth of mixed-income developments under Chicago’s Plan for Transformation. The plan is the country’s largest attempt...

December 14, 2015

Helping Logan Square Residents Cope with Neighborhood Change

Projects like the 606 Trail in Chicago need safeguards that ensure diverse communities.  New amenities in an older neighborhood can be a blessing and a curse. Just ask the West Chelsea residents who live near the New York City’s High Line Park, or residents of the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago who live near...

July 20, 2015

In Chicago, an Inviting New Trail Brings Urban Promise, and a Few Misgivings

After two years of construction, Chicago’s new 606 Trail opened to a flood of joggers, bikers, dogs, and strollers in early June. Once an abandoned railroad line littered with debris and even an old piano, the trail stretches 2.7 miles through the city’s West Side. Four parks (two more are coming) extend from...

December 20, 2013

Finding Affordable Housing in Chicago Lawn: One Renter's Story

One of the goals of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University is to work with the staff, faculty, and students at DePaul in order to foster cross-disciplinary learning about community development as it pertains to affordable housing and, in doing so, to further the missions of both the...

May 20, 2013

Single Family Rental Homes and Rental Housing Affordability in Cook County

Among the key findings from IHS’s recently released State of Rental Housing in Cook County report was that while the supply of rental units in Cook County increased between 2007 and 2011 to meet observed increases in rental demand, the gap between the supply of and the demand for rental housing affordable for lower-income...