Fall 2018 – 497-308: Red Line Extension Project: Enabling Community Engagement & Neighborhood Development

Meeting Day/Time:
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:25 to 7:40 pm
In collaboration with the Red Line Extension Coalition, the Red Line Extension Round Table and the 95th Street Panel of Development
William Briggs (CAEE) (wbriggs@iit.edu) and Steve Beck (Undergraduate Education – with expertise in architecture) (sbeck.creo@gmail.com)
Appropriate Majors
Social Innovation

In the southern region of Chicago, there is a project called the Redline Extension. This project offers an extension of the CTA Redline from the 95th Street station to include stations at 103rd Street, the Medical District on 111th Street, the 115th Street Business District and 130th Street. Surrounding these proposed stations are several abandoned homes, buildings and vacant lots. These properties are wasted and are sometimes used for criminal activities by children looking to make money selling drugs and a hang-out for gangs and squatters looking to live free. This causes problems with people in the community who want to maintain their property and keep the neighborhood safe. These vacant properties normally sit and decay until the property values decrease to 60 to 80 percent of their worth and are later torn down leaving vacant lots that are not maintained.

The goal of this project is to create a layout of the Greater Roseland Area by making a model showing the problem areas. Model details would include abandon buildings, empty lots, homes and businesses that are successful and stressed. With this model, we hope to identify and put a spotlight on areas that need to be improved, designate property that can be included in Roseland, upgrade the properties that are in the area and show how Roseland can be improved. We further hope to depict the Redline extension and how it will affect the Greater Roseland community. The design of the model would be developed with input from the community, the CTA and other stakeholders to make sure that it can be a useful and lasting tool and focus for discussion, decision making and updating. Once completed, it is our goal to share this model with politicians and investors willing to invest in the greater Roseland Community.

The size of this project has made it difficult for stakeholders to imagine the scope of the work planned for the Greater Roseland Community. With this model, the IPRO team will be able to more effectively communicate how investors and politicians can improve a community through redevelopment. The model will also clearly identify the problem areas and how they can be secured with cameras and other forms of policing in an effort to create a safe-haven for all that live, work, worship and/or visit the Greater Roseland Community. This project offers an exceptional opportunity for students from a variety of disciplines to research, think about, plan, prototype and deliver a model that stimulates community and investment decision making. It will offer a challenging but rewarding opportunity to enhance communication skills through observation, critical thinking and user-centered design.

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