Chicago southside groups call for a federal investigation because of zoning. The City of Chicago’s role in helping General Iron move from affluent white Lincoln Park to a majority-Latino Southeast Side neighborhood to make way for the Lincoln Yards redevelopment violated federal fair housing laws and needs to be investigating.
This was an example of the years with unfair zoning and land-use practices that discriminate against Black and Latino residents while they would benefit from the white neighborhoods that have seen their values of their homes increase. These longtime practices violate the United States Fair Housing Act and the city would be ordered to change the way that plans and zones for industrial operations that pollute.
The complaints allege noting an agreement in September 2019 between the city and General Iron laying out the business move to the East Side community that makes way for the planned six billion Lincoln Yards residential.
Chicago supports General Iron’s move to the Southeast Side, the complaint said, despite years of complaints and the city actions alleging the pollution and nuisance violations in Lincoln Park. While the North Side facility has bee the source of noxious fumes, explosions, dust that carried outside the boundaries of its operation.
There were other complaints notes that the other areas of the city that landed industrial operators as the result of Lincoln Yards be redone. “The city’s primary role in enabling the relocations occurred in response to significant public pressure by Lincoln Park residents and elected officials,”.
Finkl & Sons steel company recently moved to 1355 E. 93rd street in what is called the Black Burnside. The city is relocating its fleet operations where Chicago vehicles, including fire engines, garbage trucks, and snowplows are maintained and repaired in Englewood.
Written By Jordan Fenderson
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
Chicago Suntimes: South Side groups call federal investigation on Chicago’s zoning.
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