Mayor Lightfoot, Sigcho-Lopez get on same page to denounce gentrification

Mayor Lightfoot and Sigcho-Lopez get on same page to combat gentrification
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and others on Thursday broke ground on Casa Durango, an affordable housing development by The Resurrection Project. Photo credit Chicago Mayor's Office

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The issue of gentrification in working-class Chicago neighborhoods seemed to bring occasional adversaries together Thursday.

As she helped break ground on Casa Durango, an affordable housing project in Pilsen, Mayor Lori Lightfoot praised the Resurrection Project Group's efforts supporting development that doesn't force out existing residents with higher housing costs.

"In addition to providing our residents with an affordable place to live, these buildings are part of the Resurrection Project's larger mission: to combat combat gentrification and community displacement. And we joined, salute and support that mission," Lightfood said.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th Ward sometimes clashes with the mayor on public policy, but they're on the same page on this issue.

"When investment comes to a community, when we can create more affordable housing, we can continue to promote our strategy. Since day one, we believed in development without displacement," Sigcho-Lopez said.

He thanked the mayor for the city's help.