Announcing City Works Chicago Advisory Council, Seeking Grant Applications

Earlier this year, we announced Lyft City Works a major commitment to invest $50 million or 1% of profits — whichever is larger — to support locally communities by solving transportation challenges. At Lyft, we know that working together, we can do more to make cities people-focused and instead of built around cars. And in Chicago, there are civic leaders of transportation, philanthropy, activists business, education and the arts and who are making city life better, more inclusive, more equitable and more sustainable. We want to lift up this heroic work.

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The Conscious Giver Podcast | EP 6: LIVE Podcast with Lamell McMorris

Can you merge Conscious Giving in your business formula? You will find out in our first LIVE podcast with Lamell McMorris, a Conscious Giver, successful business leader, and social justice advocate. Tysus talks with Lamell at the Healthy Babies Project's Perennial House. Lamell provided the lead gift to establish the Perennial House, a transitional home for young mothers and their children.

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On the Corner: At the intersection of 63rd & Cottage Grove, developers are shaping Woodlawn’s future by curating its past

At the intersection of 63rd & Cottage Grove, developers are shaping Woodlawn’s future by curating its past.

With the Obama Presidential Center proposed for Jackson Park, the University of Chicago’s continuing development along 61st Street, and a myriad of other projects large and small, residents are asking: what will Woodlawn become? This is the third article in a series investigating the past, present, and future of the neighborhood. Read the first here, and the second here.

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Chicago Cheat Sheet: Woodlawn resi sales breaking records…& more

Several recent home sales in Woodlawn broke the record for the priciest residential deals in the neighborhood. Three new-construction homes in the 6100 block of South Ellis Avenue traded for $708,000, $707,000 and $699,000, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. A year ago, the record was $599,000, and the neighborhood since notched six sales of $625,000 or more. Plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and the proximity to the University of Chicago have boosted property values in the area.

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After Redlining: Part 2

Though laws and practices like head-rights and redlining are things of the past, they were parts of a systemic structure intentionally designed to aid some and debilitate others, and their repercussions are still felt.

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Managing a 140-year-old nonprofit like it's a startup

Sharon McFeders had been working at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago for five years under three CEOs when Dorri McWhorter became its new leader. The organization was losing money and sight of its mission, and the spirit overall was "just drab," McFeders recalls. She viewed McWhorter's entrance with a touch of skepticism. "Dorri comes in and she's happy," McFeders says. The then-executive assistant thought, "What's up her sleeve? Is she going to trick us with the happy and then drop a bomb?"

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How a new tax workaround could give West and South sides a boost

Chicago's Englewood community isn't inviting for even the most socially conscious real estate developers. In some parts of the crime-ridden South Side neighborhood, two-thirds of residents live below the poverty line, household incomes average less than $20,000 a year and violence clouds the prospect of any substantial economic development taking root.

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Marginalized Returns : Impact investing has been seduced by a false narrative of combining social impact with financial gains.

Impact investing appears to have been seduced by a convenient narrative. According to the prevailing view, the achievement of both social impact and market-rate financial returns is the norm—not the exception. Those who question the financial returns aspect of this assumption are portrayed as lacking business savvy. “If we want to change things and we want to make an impact, we can’t be hippy-ish about this,” pop singer and philanthropist Bono said at the Skoll World Forum in April. “Impact investing has really been an excuse for good people to do bad deals.”

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Improvements planned for Cottage Grove station on CTA Green Line

The Cottage Grove station on the Green Line — minutes from the future home of the Obama Presidential Center — is set for a major facelift, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials announced Monday.

“We are investing in the future of the CTA, and in the future of Woodlawn,” the mayor said in a statement. “Investments like this one strengthen communities, attract private investment and drive neighborhood growth.”

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