You ever wonder how neighborhoods transition? Not from the perspective of traditional gentrification, but more so coexisting. Host Audra Wilson takes a trip down to the Chatham neighborhood to speak to some of the local businesses there.
Hyde Park, with a big push from the University of Chicago, is transitioning to a more economically dense neighborhood. But how do you develop an area without wandering into gentrifying it? We gathered a few perspectives to talk this one out. In the first clip, you’ll hear Joanna Trotter of the Metropolitan Planning Council detailing how the U of C and the investors in Harper Court worked with residents to design around their desires and concerns. We also heard the darker side of the construction project from Kiley Rusell, owner of Big Girl Make Up Bar and Spa which is right across the street. While there might be big payout 18 months from now, she is struggling to attract people to her newer business. Lastly, Wendy Walker Williams of the Southeast Chicago Commission spoke with us about upcoming community meetings for residents and business owners.