In 2019, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the Invest South/West Initiative; a plan meant to spur development and investment in 10 neighborhoods on the Windy City’s South and West sides.
This month, the mayor and her staff are celebrating the third anniversary of the initiative while at the same time acknowledging there’s a lot of work left to be done.
“I came into office recognizing that there were huge disparities in investment in majority Black and Latino areas all over our city. Many of these areas have seen no investment in decades, and I knew that if we were going to, frankly, heal our city, move our city forward, expand our tax base and our populations, then that disinvestment absolutely had to be addressed,” Lightfoot told BLACK ENTERPRISE.
“People talk a lot about public safety, but if you look at the root causes of crime, a lot of it arises from generational poverty, so creating a set of vibrant communities where young Black boys, in particular, could see themselves in the future of their neighborhood or city that wasn’t preordained to be part of a gang, to be part of illegal activity that was also critically important, so Invest South/West...