What's in a name?
Do you identify this neighborhood as Garfield Park or Fifth City or both? What does each name mean to you?
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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

Our neighborhood is in great need for gathering amenities. We have no public library, no grocery store, no dog park, no coffee shops, etc. It is important that public space is created to draw more people... Read more...

For me creating some sort of retail hub would be first. Shop, dine, drink. Wicker Park had the intersection of North/Milwaukee and Damen and things spread from there. Logan Square also has a stretch... Read more...

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What features should the apartments have?

They should be constucted with materials that will not degrade after 10 years. It is important that these items are selected for long-term mindsets to make it a stable asset to the community.

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How can we help West-side-based and Black-owned business owners be successful?

Offer business training courses and certifications; create business incubators (L1 business accelerator through Arts & Public Life is a good model); bring in speakers and uplift local examples of neighborhood... Read more...

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

Create connections with the historical Fifth City Human Development Project that worked to revitalize the neighborhood in the 60s-80s. Tell the stories of radical community development that are part of... Read more...

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How can we help West-side-based and Black-owned business owners be successful?

I think you need to be more creative and non-traditional in how you finance Black-owned businesses. Using traditional credit models to assess the true financial condition of Black entrepreneur is causing... Read more...

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The images that we used in the competition for this project are just a starting concept. What do you like and dislike about them?

Too boxy and modern. How can this development be in conversation with the grand architecture of Marshall HS right across from it? Appreciate the mixed use space and the open plaza--needs more greenery,... Read more...

I like the clean and modern model. It’s not going to be similar with the stiles of the area, yes we know what but nothing building know looks similar to 1800-1900 construction.

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What names should we consider for the development? Garfield Green was used for the competition but it is just a placeholder.

Perhaps the development can be named after Fred Hampton.

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How can we help West-side-based and Black-owned business owners be successful?

Give seed capital and training to west-side based Black-owned small businesses.

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Phase 2 will consist of approximately 31 units for long term ownership - how many of each type should there be? 1 BR; 2 BR, 3 BR?

I believe long term owners will want at least 2 bedrooms. So, 2 and 3 bedroom should be priority with fewer single.

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

Attract others that have never been to this area see the beautiful houses that have been around for more than 100 years

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How could this development support the culture and history of the neighborhood?

This is a very old neighborhood, some of the original downtown buildings of Chicago. I think it should have a multicultural feel, but also reflect the current neighborhood.

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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

I’d like to see a grocery store and a gym go up. Pete’s is great, but not ideal when there is snow or when it’s cold(with no vehicle). A gym would be ideal since there happens to not be one that’s walking... Read more...

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What meeting platform is best for the most people to attend a virtual meeting? Zoom, Facebook, other Livestream, phone or a combination?

Zoom is so interactive.

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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

Priority is building a sense of community, of people knowing their neighbors, of caring for each other. Decent housing, green spaces and gathering places. Most important is schools that connect to the... Read more...

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What are your priorities for the neighborhood? What priorities should this development try to accomplish?

Grounds for children a library a grocery store

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