The time is now.
Ahora es el momento.

Equitable transit-oriented development – or eTOD – is arriving in Chicago.

Chicago is a city of 77 community areas with places called Bronzeville and La Villita (Little Village), Chinatown and Uptown, and Washington Park and Jefferson Park. Indeed, Chicago is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities in the United States – but it also is one of the most inequitable. The average life expectancy of people of color who live on Chicago’s South and West Sides is more than 15 years lower than that of residents of Chicago’s majority-white North Side communities. Indicators of health, home ownership, and culture and climate resiliency are consistently lower for people of color.

Today, our government, corporate and civic leaders are acknowledging that these inequities are morally wrong, and socially and economically unsustainable. Collectively, Chicagoans are still paying a high price for those decisions.

Elevated Chicago launched in 2017 to present collaborative, community-led solutions to neighborhood displacement and inequities using an underutilized asset: our public transit system. Historically, trains have connected people to places; we believe transit can also can connect people to ideas, innovations and capital, both within and outside of their communities.

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, or eTOD, is the tool that we propose to build a global, inclusive city where all residents thrive in neighborhoods whose health and resiliency indicators no longer depend on race.

With 145 train stations and 129 bus routes serving virtually every neighborhood, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides an unmatched opportunity to build a different city by leveraging its stops and hubs as assets that can connect communities. Our work has started around seven CTA train stations, in partnership with community-based, city- and region-wide organizations.

Read our Workplan, which identifies our prioritized investments in People, Places and Processes now through 2020.

People

Elevated Chicago is a collaborative focused on racial equity, arts and culture, climate change resiliency, and public health in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Places

We are currently active in neighborhoods around seven Chicago transit stations.

Process

Our work seeks to drive transit-oriented development that improves neighborhoods without displacing current residents.

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