Re-Imagine Chicago: TIF Critics On Equitable Development In Chicago

An alderman, a public policy expert and an organizer explain how they would like to overhaul tax increment financing districts in Chicago.

Investors Target Affordable Housing
Charles Clark, of the Tenants’ Development Corporation, walks past a South End brownstone, one of the affordable properties managed by the corporation. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Investors Target Affordable Housing
Charles Clark, of the Tenants’ Development Corporation, walks past a South End brownstone, one of the affordable properties managed by the corporation. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Re-Imagine Chicago: TIF Critics On Equitable Development In Chicago

An alderman, a public policy expert and an organizer explain how they would like to overhaul tax increment financing districts in Chicago.

Some critics of tax increment financing in Chicago have called for TIFs to be abolished, while others have called for more robust reforms than recent mayoral administrations have delivered.

Reset checks in with three TIF critics for their creative ideas for re-imagining one of the city’s key economic development tools.

GUESTS: Amisha Patel, executive director of the Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward

Amara Enyia, public policy expert; former Chicago mayoral candidate