Creators of the 606 trail made no effort to prevent gentrification around it: report

Authors of an article in the academic journal “Cities” said a comprehensive plan could have tempered displacement

TRD CHICAGO /
Dec.December 16, 2018 01:00 PM

(Credit: Daniel X. O’Neil)

The public and nonprofit groups that spearheaded the development of the 606 trail on the city’s Northwest Side missed an opportunity to take steps that could have blunted the forces of gentrification, authors of a new report published in an academic journal argue.

In the report titled “We’re not in the business of housing” in last month’s edition of the journal “Cities,” authors Alessandro Rigolon and Jeremy Nemeth said the project’s backers made no effort to preserve affordable housing along the 2.7-mile trail, according to Crain’s.

Leaders of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and the Trust for Public Land, two non-profit groups that were heavily involved in the planning of the trail, countered that gentrification was already well underway by the time the trail opened in June 2015, and planners could have done little to prevent it.

Home prices have spiked so sharply in areas surrounding the trail that a group of local alderman this summer proposed a grant program that would help homeowners renovate their homes to resist pressure from opportunistic buyers and developers.

An even longer rails-to-trails project called El Paseo is being planned in the city’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, and city leaders this month approved several policies aimed at preserving affordable housing in the area.

In New York City, The Highline project has been similarly accused of fueling luxury developments and accelerating gentrification around the 1.45-mile-long former elevated rail line that’s now a park. [Crain’s] — Alex Nitkin


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and downtown Evanston

Cook County landlords get bad news about 2020 taxes

Cook County landlords get bad news about 2020 taxes
Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton

Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton

Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton
Joe Sitt and 905 W. Fulton Market (Credit: Thor Equities)

Thor Equities’ big bet on Fulton Market is paying off

Thor Equities’ big bet on Fulton Market is paying off
Ald. Walter Burnett (27th)

Alderman Burnett to lift ban on resi development in Fulton Market

Alderman Burnett to lift ban on resi development in Fulton Market
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with 4306 120th Ave. in Kenosha and 23700 W. Bluff Road in Channahon (Credit: Getty Images; Google Maps)

Amazon is at it again in Chicago

Amazon is at it again in Chicago
John Murphy, head of Murphy Development Group and a rendering of 8000 N. Lincoln Ave. (Credit: Murphy Development; rendering via Lucien Lagrange)

In this market, a good construction loan is hard to find

In this market, a good construction loan is hard to find
(Credit: iStock)

Chicago-area home values saw poor start to 2020

Chicago-area home values saw poor start to 2020
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Credit: Getty Images)

Chicagoans flee to their second homes

Chicagoans flee to their second homes
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...