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A New Opportunity Near the Howard CTA Station

In late 2020, residents helped plan the future of a city-owned lot at Howard and Ashland.

Development works best when it serves the community. That’s why leaders hosted a series of public conversations about an undeveloped parcel in Rogers Park. People have been tending a community garden on the land, adjacent to a Rogers Park CTA station, and leaders asked for public input on what redevelopment should look like. 

This report captures the results of those conversations.

The 49th ward alderwoman, community members, and a team of development professionals came together in creating specific, realistic, community-based plans for the publicly owned parcel near the Howard CTA Station. People participated both in-person and online due to the pandemic and social distancing requirements. Virtual meeting recordings are available online.

Need more context? Want to catch up? Dig into these educational materials

The following resources will educate you about the site and what was discussed at community meetings. 

Who: The Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden, A Just Harvest, Family Matters, Gale Community Academy LSC, Good News Partners, Housing Opportunities for Women, Howard Area Community Center, James Sneider Apartments, Peterson Garden Project, Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Rogers Park Builders Group and ONE Northside.

What: A series of virtual and in-person community meetings to plan the future of greenspace at Howard and Ashland, near the Howard CTA station.

When: October 2020-December 2020. 

How: Online, in-person, and from home

Session 4: Report launch 

Session 3: Community Review

Session 2: Design Workshops 

Session 1: Kick Off


What’s a Corridor Development Initiative?

The health of Rogers Park residents matters

This Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) is part of our equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) commitment. Learn more about eTOD here.

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MPC is deeply grateful for supporters in making this initiative possible: Bank of America, Chicago Community Trust, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Groupon, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Bank, People’s Energy, PNC Bank, Polk Bros. Foundation, & US Bank and Trust.