County’s Offer Of Cheap Land Won’t Be Enough To Bring Some Areas Back
Of the four-thousand some vacant lots being offered by the Cook County Land Bank-- discounted to just a few-thousand dollars each, with clear titles, to spur development-- many are clustered in neighborhoods like Englewood on the South Side.
One cluster starts a block away from the Greater St. John’s AME Church, where Kevin Brooks is the pastor.
We took a short walk and circled the closest block, where the County is offering six lots.
It’s completely empty on three sides. Cheap land alone won’t bring it back.
“You can’t put a band-aid on historic problem of disengagement, institutional racism, and irresponsible banking and irresponsible governance,” Brooks said.
What’s needed, he says, is a much bigger investment.