The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, a grant program for South and West Side small businesses, recently announced its latest group of grantees. Since its launch in 2017, the initiative has distributed over $10 million generated from downtown development, a model that is meant to foster equitable economic growth across the city.
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Divvy, Chicago’s bikesharing program, celebrates its fifth anniversary on June 28, and I’ve been grateful for the way it has helped me get around. Efforts to ensure equitable access to bikes, including expansive station geography and the Divvy for Everyone program, have the potential to expand mobility on a truly citywide scale.
On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that it would no longer require SAT or ACT scores for applicants starting in 2023, joining a small but growing set of test-optional colleges and universities. If this trend continues across a wide array of institutions, it could not only reduce high school students’ stress during the application process, but also contribute to more diverse and equitable college admissions.
Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Planning Council released Our Equitable Future, a set of recommendations for the Chicago region to address its systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities. As Foresight has seen firsthand in its work with Elevated Chicago, a partnership focused on equitable transit-oriented development, overcoming these historically-entrenched issues requires both structural and cultural shifts across local institutions.
The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?Read More
Relating back to a previous post on effective leadership, seeking, recognizing, and reprogramming our unconscious biases is imperative to creating truly equitable and inclusive workplaces, communities, and countries. But what does unconscious bias even mean?Read More