Chicago pilot to address racial inequities in transit-oriented development

Dive Brief:
The city of Chicago launched of a pilot program to reward community-driven projects that encourage healthy, sustainable and equitable development near transit.

The $135,000 Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) program will use micro-grants to support up to 10 community projects that enhance equity-related aspects of development. The pilot is part of a broader ETOD plan designed to improve the density of development and housing near transit stations in historically Black communities across the city’s South and West sides.

The pilot and ETOD plan are part of the city’s broader goals to address racial equity. “The way we see it, ETOD is a strategy that can help us tackle racial injustices, the climate crisis and the wealth and health disparities that we see in the city,” said Juan Sebastian Arias, deputy director of policy for the city of Chicago.