A Chicago Tribune story covers a UIC Great Cities Institute report, commissioned by Lawndale Christian Development Corp., that examines the trends for potential growth and the economic needs for North Lawndale residents, and what it will take to revitalize the West Side community following decades of disinvestment. Teresa Córdova, director of the institute and professor of urban planning and policy, is also interviewed.
“The most basic rule of economic development is you have to have dollars circulating in your community,” she said. “North Lawndale residents have to leave the neighborhood for almost everything because almost every category of goods and services is not available.”
“What is needed right now is to plug the leaks,” Córdova said.