Action Now & Action Now Institute Respond To Mayor Emanuel’s Plan To Demolish Vacant Buildings
We must rebuild Chicago’s communities, not destroy them.
Press Contact: Aileen Kelleher (312) 351-0395
Chicago (July 9, 2012)- Mayor Emanuel announced his new initiative to demolish vacant buildings as a way to curb gang activity. The Mayor stated, “With these actions we are sending a clear message to gang members: you will find no shelter in the City of Chicago,” but Action Now President Michelle Young sees another message behind his rhetoric, “He’s really saying that working families will no longer find shelter in the City of Chicago.”
She continues, “All over the city there are blocks full of vacant homes. Our neighborhoods have become ghost towns. The Mayor is going in the wrong direction. The solution to the vacant property problem is not creating more destruction by demolishing buildings. We must rebuild our communities by transforming vacant buildings into homes for families once again.”
Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now Institute adds, “We have created a Rebuild Chicago plan for the Infrastructure Trust that would use public and private investment to rehab vacant buildings and turn them into affordable rental properties. Taxpayer money should not be used to demolish, it should be used to rebuild Chicago’s neighborhoods into the vibrant centers they once were.
“Action Now Institute urges the Mayor to implement their proposal. ”
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To read the Mayor’s press release, click here.
To Review Action Now Institute’s Rebuild Chicago Proposal, click here.