Madison Street Corridor Revitalization

March 11, 2008

You may have heard the adage, "Give someone a fish, feed them for a day. Teach them to fish, feed them for a lifetime." That is the spirit behind the Leading Community Change (LCC) program, a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools, Bethel New Life, and the Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. By involving high school students in planning analysis and the development of recommendations, LCC exposes teenagers on Chicago's West Side to their neighborhoods from the perspective of professionals that work on all aspects of land use planning — municipal leaders, local stakeholders, and private sector consultants. In this program, Joseph Kearney of the Chaddick Institute and Doug Hammel of Camiros, Ltd. discussed how this program has provided additional insight to a recent plan developed for the West Garfield Park community and will share how the students have graduated the program with a deeper appreciation for the role of planning in shaping the future of their neighborhood.

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Doug Hammel, AICP

Doug Hammel, AICP, is an associate with Camiros, Ltd, a Chicago-based planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm. He has managed the development of several plans that focus on neighborhood revitalization, downtown planning, corridor redevelopment, design and development controls, and community involvement. His role as consultant typically involves the coordination of municipal staff, local stakeholders, and players in the development community to help transition from planning into community development.


Joseph Kearney

Joseph Kearney is Program Manager for the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University, where he works to support ongoing initiatives related to planning and land use. Joe holds an M.S. in Public Service from DePaul University and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.