Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood has been struggling with depopulation, violent crime, and a host of other urban ailments for decades. This summer, the City of Chicago is attempting to implement an intriguing new strategy to stem these long trends towards neglect by leveraging one of the neighborhood’s most valuable assets, homeowners. Chicago plans to sell city owned properties for $1 to local homeowners who already have a stake in their communities. Homeowners who live in the community would presumably be willing to invest their money and efforts to improve their neighborhood. The Large Lot Program would have provisions that prevent homeowners from reselling the property for at least five years, while being encouraged to beautify the lot by adding community gardens or other open green spaces. You can read more about the program in this link.
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