Oct 24th 2019

Major developments like the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) and the forthcoming demolition of the historic Washington Park National Bank are changing the face of Woodlawn. After years of disinvestment, the neighborhood is experiencing a significant amount of new development—including $700,000-plus homes.

But as larger institutions—often from outside the neighborhood—are behind development decisions, City Bureau fellows Sierra Council and Max Herman decided to spend the spring talking to a wide range of longtime Woodlawn residents about the changes they’ve witnessed and what development they feel would benefit the neighborhood most. Memories and ideas from some of the residents alongside a photo series were featured in the multimedia Chicago Reader
piece, “This is My Home,” in July 2019. (https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/woodlawn-neighborhood-in-transition/Content?oid=71907401)

This week at the Pubic Newsroom, some of the Woodlawn residents featured in the City Bureau X Chicago Reader project will gather with fellow community members for a community gathering at the new The Green Living Room at 6421 S Cottage Grove Ave. Photos from the project will be on display; there will also be an interactive display of the neighborhood where people can share their ideas for community development. Food will be served.

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

For more info on past and future Public Newsroom workshops and to becoming a sustaining member of City Bureau, visit http://www.citybureau.org/

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