Inside Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West Program

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West is a program aimed at reviving some of Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods.

Lightfoot made it one of her signature initiatives when taking office in 2019.

Her goal is to combine the resources of city departments and community and corporate partnerships to lift up neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

Every Chicago mayor since Richard J. Daley has made similar promises of investment, hoping it would create new industry, better housing and jobs.  

In the 1990’s the federal government awarded Chicago with $100 million dollars for projects and grants.

It barely helped.

Now years later, many of the same problems still exist.

The question remains: can Mayor Lightfoot’s program spark revitalization in the communities that need it most?

Watch Tahman Bradley’s full report in the video player above.

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