Jackson Morsey, AICP, Urban Planner
Alex Linares, Economic Development Planner
Jack Rocha, Community Development Planner
Matthew D. Wilson, Senior Research Specialist
Like most communities, Lawndale residents desire nice homes, safe streets, good schools and dignified living-wage jobs. The well-being of residents is bolstered by the economic health of a neighborhood where conditions foster the building of community wealth. However, North Lawndale residents are losing wealth-building opportunities that make these quality of life conditions easier to attain.
Some indication that community wealth is lost is when there is leakage. Leakage occurs when wages from jobs within the community are distributed to people residing outside of the community or when residents within the community must spend money outside of the community to consume basic necessities.