The Role of Urban Planning Architecture and Transportation in Chicagos Future

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

Chicago, like most major cities, has seen uneven economic development over the last two decades. Growth in and near downtown has been pronounced, while neighborhoods on the South Side and West Side have seen disinvestment and population loss. Experts will examine the roles of urban planning, architecture, and transportation in Chicago’s growth, how the physical features of the city may adapt to the pandemic, and how the city’s infrastructure and built environment can support inclusive economic growth.

Our goal for this forum, consistent with Project Hometown, is to bring together diverse perspectives to address and examine how places can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, and rebuild for resilience.

In this one-hour virtual convening, experts will discuss:

  • The impact of years of dense, downtown development on Chicago neighborhoods and residents citywide.
  • Prospects for Chicago residents to connect to jobs and opportunities and the changing nature of “mobility” during these times.
  • How Chicago is responding to these challenges and identifying opportunities for development.
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