New City, consisting of the Canaryville and Back of the Yards neighborhoods, is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.
Launched in October 2019, INVEST South/West’s goal is to re-activate neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of life amenities for local residents. In New City, the priority focus is the intersection of 47th Street and Ashland Avenue and adjacent blocks.
New City stakeholders participated in the INVEST South/West kick-off celebration in December 2019 at Kennedy-King College. The family-friendly event was one of four held this winter to launch the initiative with in-depth activities that helped participants identify priorities, goals, and key community assets.
More than 500 attendees listened to presentations about the goals and objectives of INVEST South/West, then interfaced with dozens of public agencies about opportunities to improve the community. A summary of the event, including an overview of New City comments and feedback, is available at right.
Select New City materials from the event are listed below.
Presentation (.pdf) ○ Video (YouTube)
In spring 2020, the City will continue to seek public input on improvements for the 47th and Ashland focus area by interfacing with other government agencies, neighborhood groups, ward offices, businesses and residents. A New City Neighborhood Roundtable will also be formed to advance local goals through a broad, cross-disciplinary approach that leverages the insights, wisdom, creativity and resources of local stakeholders. The roundtable will consist of representatives from City agencies, aldermanic offices and neighborhood organizations that will collectively guide local improvements.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is in the process of forming the New City Neighborhood Roundtable and working to ensure it can meet safely and effectively amid the ongoing public health crisis. Questions on the roundtable can be directed to DPD@cityofchicago.org.