I am filled with optimism that my voice was invited to serve on the Good Governance Transition Team for the new Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot. It is not everyday that you witness a historic moment in your city and you are asked to be a part of it to lend your voice...I was ready to provide vital input as it relates to how our city can improve upon being more transparent, demonstrate equity and ensuring the needs of citizens in Chicago especially on the south and west side are met! Of course, Englewood is my ground zero but many of our black communities are in a State of Emergency Economically and there are ways to improve the tools we have designated to assist in these circumstances.
It has been years since I used my blog and I thought it was only appropriate to us this platform to share my memo regarding a long battle with the abuse and injustice of the Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFs) as a member of this temporary body.
- Are the objectives for current projects based on the immediate concerns of the neighborhood?
- Do community members understand and are they aware of how these goals that positively affect them?
- Have residents whom contribute to the TIFs in that area involved with the decision making of community development projects?
- Do the people participating in the community development initiative represent the current population of that district?