Mayor Emanuel, Chicago LISC ED Susana Vasquez honor 2013 CND Award Winners

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago LISC Executive Director Susana Vasquez spoke last week at the 19th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. Both agreed that Chicago and its neighborhoods have reached an "inflection point" where problems once considered too difficult to address are being analyzed with an eye toward investments critical to their solution.

CNDA 2013: Getting Engaged, Healthy and Strong

19 Feb 2013 - John McCarron

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Chicago and its neighborhoods have reached an "inflection point" where problems once considered too difficult to address are being analyzed with an eye toward investments critical to their solution.

So while Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the winning brick-and-mortar projects saluted at the 19th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, he also challenged the audience of community development practitioners and funders to do even more.

Most of all, the mayor urged the 1,500 who came to the Chicago Hilton & Towers on Feb. 13 to reach out to young people "whose optimism and youthfulness have been taken from them."

For the city to succeed, the mayor said, these disaffected teenagers and young adults need to "see themselves as sharing in the success of our global city."

Emanuel did not specifically address the wave of lethal violence that has shaken neighborhoods on the West and South sides, nor did he elaborate on the painful proposal — released earlier that day — to close more than 120 underutilized schools. But as he spoke of "hard decisions," of "investing in the right things" and of "bridging the difference" between blunted aspirations in the neighborhoods compared to the energy building downtown, the context was broadly appreciated.

Earlier in the evening Susana Vasquez, executive director of LISC Chicago, which hosts the event, also called for "stretching ourselves." Continued[+]...

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