Congratulations to all of the winners of the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards led by LISC Chicago. We are especially proud to have worked closely with the Near North Unity Program – NNUP in facilitating the Quality of Life Plan and Design Guidelines that won Outstanding Community Plan and Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)’s Reclaiming Southwest Chicago for the Power of Community Award. But Raven Smith’s Straight From The Go and Musicality‘s rendition of Hamilton’s “My Shot” stole the show.
The overriding goal, said Alderman Burnett, “Is to bring folks together, break down those differences and bring out how much more we have in common.”
For Armesha Jones, the head of NNUP’s safety committee who lived in a Cabrini- Green apartment from 1999 to 2007, it’s working. A family of lawyers lives on one side of her now. A broker on the other.
“Before, we didn’t have a voice,” she said. “It’s different