A recent ABC 7 Chicago news story and virtual town hall covering the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo includes perspective from Alex Linares, an economic development planner for the Great Cities Institute at UIC, who addresses the need for investment in Chicago communities such as Little Village.
It’s a system and a community Alexander Linares knows well. He was born and raised in Little Village and works for the University of Illinois Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, which is a research hub helping to improve communities.
“If you would allocate resources to help these communities then you could prevent future incidences like this to occur,” Linares said. “Everyone wants to figure out how this happened, right. The issue is just complex. We have different dynamics – education, economics, poverty.”