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September 18

2014 UIC Urban Forum: The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy


When: Thursday September 18
Where: UIC Forum - 725 West Roosevelt Road


  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
  • Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, LISC/Chicago (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
  • Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Metropolitan regions are a complex web of activities, systems and networks, of people, businesses, and capital, and of commercial, industrial and residential areas.  The strength, value, welfare and resilience of cities and metropolitan regions reflect their core building blocks, namely, their neighborhoods.  Sustainable capital and societal investments in people and firms at the neighborhood level—from micro-enterprises to factories, from social spaces for collective and social action to private facilities, from affordable housing and safety to gated communities, from accessible jobs and transportation to opportunities for growth and development, from public education in the neighborhood to cooperative, charter and private education—reflect contested and diffuse paths to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, households and neighborhoods.  The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.

White Papers will be prepared by:

  • Janet Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Co-Director, Nathalie P. Vorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Pattillo, Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Alice O'Connor, Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
  • Nik Theodore, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Advisory Board:

  • Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
  • MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD, former Mayor of San Antonio
  • Michael Coleman, Mayor, Columbus
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Chicago
  • Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio, CEO and President, CEOs for Cities
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary
  • Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Jeffery A. Malehorn, President and CEO, World Business Chicago
  • Terry Mazany, President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust
  • Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board