Staff from the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Urban Economic Development have completed an analysis of the report The Pilsen Triangle: A Commercial Market Study developed by Camiros, Ltd. for the Economic Development Task Force of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and the Pilsen Chamber of Commerce. This analysis was prepared for the Pilsen/Aztlan Neighborhood Coalition as part of the current efforts of the Coalition to examine ongoing planning and development efforts in the Pilsen community.
Purrfect Services, a start-up workers cooperative sponsored by the Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC), is a cleaning service company. The primary market for Purrfect Services is the Oak Park area and the Austin community of Chicago.
The viability of the commercial strip bounded by 77th Street on the north, Dobson Street on the east, 81st Street on the south, and Rhodes Street on the west, is threatened. Vacancies in stores and shops are increasing. Business activity at the perimeters of the strip has slackened. Present efforts to stabilize the commercial strip have not been sufficient to stem the flight of investors. There is a need to implement a Business Revitalization Program on the strip that will address both its problems and opportunities.
This report presents the results of research on opportunities for economic growth in the Greater Grand Boulevard Community. Socioeconomic data were collected and analyzed, and fifty-five block club leaders, business people, church leaders, social workers, elected officials and other activists were interviewed. The University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) carried out the research and wrote this report for Grand Boulevard Residents Encouraging Action Together (GREAT) and Centers for New Horizons.
In response to a request from Latino Youth, Inc. to explore the possibilities of opening a repair and insulation operation to complement its carpentry training program, CUED conducted a feasibility study in the Pilsen (Lower West Side) and Little Village (South Lawndale) area. The study was to respond to different questions: market feasibility, structure of the operation (for-profit, not-for-profit, size), difficulties in expanding their present program, and a general financial picture for the operation.
In response to a request from Bethel Housing to explore the possibilities of expanding its New Life Housing Management Company, CUED conducted a market feasibility study in the West Garfield and South Austin area. The study was to respond to different issues: difficulties in capturing more of the private rental market, capabilities and size of competing management companies, marketing strategies and a general financial picture for the New Life operation.
This study analyzes the feasibility of developing a community energy retrofit business for the Uptown and Edgewater communities of Chicago. It also explores alternative actions for addressing energy problems in this area.
The study was developed by the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) of the University of Illinois at Chicago for the Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.) and its subsidiary, Community Ventures, Inc. (CVI). It is part of the on-going effort by the latter to face problems created by rising utility costs in these communities.
An Assessment of the Economic Conditions of Humboldt Park and West Town and Options for Economic Development
This report presents the results of research on employment, business opportunities and selected socio-economic indicators depicting the current conditions of the West Town and Humboldt Park communities of Chicago. It was prepared by the Center for Urban Economic Development of the University of Illinois at Chicago (CUED) for Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation (BRC). The report completes the first phase of a planning process initiated by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation in December of 1982 to create additional employment opportunities for study area residents.
The present city administration and the previous administration both made commitments to increase the representation of neighborhood groups in the planning and decision making for the city. Neighborhood planning boards were put forward as the vehicle for this participation. These discussions to form neighborhood planning boards by city officials has stimulated the interest of the Grand Boulevard Community Development Corporation (GBCDC) to investigate the possibility of forming such a board.
Energy Conservation in the Low and Moderate Income Residential Sector: Possibilities and Contradictions
Since 1981 the University of Illinois Center for Urban Economic Development has conducted three market and financial feasibility studies requested by community-based organizations interested in starting energy conservation ventures. The three groups were located in different areas of the city of Chicago, South Shore, Lower Westside and Uptown, but shared the same ideas and purposes for considering an energy conservation venture.