Category: local development control

A president’s purpose and the people’s voice

by Gabriel Piemonte Barack Obama never made a secret of his understanding of the role of the people in the political process. “You cannot make change from the…

Investment as extraction: The agenda behind funds for community investment

(Please consider joining South Side United in our efforts to bring local control of development to Chicago’s South Lakefront. It is as simple as providing your name and…

What does the South Side’s future require?

by Gabriel Piemonte When I began these essays about the changes coming to the South Side, my focal point was the unnamed development corporation being organized to control…

Moving beyond 71st Street

by Gabriel Piemonte The folks at Reclaiming South Shore for Everybody were the first to bring me (and the 464 other people in the group) the news that…

Vision from below: Why development must include local control

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Make no big bad plans, with three illustrations

If you agree with this article, please consider signing our petition, liking us on Facebook, and signing up for updates on the main page of this website. The…

The Gathering Storm

The city wants to put a private community development corporation in charge of all new projects in Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore. People with a sense of…