Residents outline issues of gentrification, violence, police training, and support for youth as key concerns
Halting violence in the community, better training for police officers, equitable distribution of construction contracts, gentrification, and funding for youth programs were some of the issues discussed during mayoral candidate’s first “Listening Tour” held at Project Hood on Tuesday. The resounding theme of Brown’s campaign is to be the mayor for all of Chicago, and the community residents responded well to her visit.
Long time Woodlawn resident John Moore introduce the candidate and spoke of how he and his wife had lived, worked and raised their family in the Woodlawn area since 1966, and that it was where they planned to live out their lives. A number of residents talked about their dislike for the designations of east and west now being placed on the Woodlawn community, a signal of the gentrification.
Brown kicked off the Listening Tour with a press conference detailing her plans to reach all the 77 communities in the city, document their feedback, and incorporate it into her platforms, thereby creating a governing roadmap. She then did a walkabout in the neighborhood inviting residents to the meeting, beginning with Parkway Gardens. Many of the residents were ecstatic to see Brown, some wanting to embrace her while others took selfie photos. The inaugural tour encompassed the communities of Kenwood; Washington Park; Hyde Park; Woodlawn; North South Shore (Jackson Park Highlands); Greater Grand Crossings (Grand Crossing, Parkway Gardens, Park Manor); and East Fuller Park.
The next tour will be held June 26th, Near Southside on the near south side and include Armour Square (Chinatown), Douglas, Oakland, Fuller Park, Grand Boulevard, Bronzeville, and Bridgeport).
For those who cannot attend in person, you can visitto share your thoughts.
For more information on Dorothy Brown’s campaign, visit her website at www.dorothyformayor. You can also follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, @dorothyformayor. Join the conversation using #Hope4AllChicago, #ListeningTour. You may also contribute to the campaign using Text2Give – ChicagoHope to 444999.
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