New Case Study on Redevelopment in Chicago’s South Suburbs
Many of the towns comprising Chicago’s south suburbs have suffered years of economic hardship and diminishing revenues necessary to attract and retain businesses and adequately serve residents. However, these communities possess abundant rail assets and a resilient industrial base that can be leveraged to attract new industrial businesses, remediate environmentally contaminated properties, and improve connections between housing and jobs.
CNT has published, Chicago’s South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities, a case study describing a pilot project identifying redevelopment opportunities around freight and passenger rail lines in Harvey and Blue Island. The project provided a foundation for a 42-city redevelopment strategy known as the Chicago Southland Green Transit, Intermodal, Manufacturing, and Environment (TIME) Zone. CNT, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and other regional partners are collaboratively implementing the strategy to improve freight and passenger rail operation, create green manufacturing jobs, and stabilize foreclosed or at-risk properties.