Members of the Chicago Plan Commission are attempting to address deep-seated criticisms about large-scale development projects in Chicago: low rates of minority participation on lucrative construction projects and a disinterest from developers to go beyond mandatory affordable housing requirements.
These criticisms are often voiced at the commission’s monthly meetings by a few dedicated members of the public. Oftentimes, their complaints go unaddressed.
But that wasn’t the case Thursday, when some of the more senior members of the mayor-appointed land use body openly discussed their own frustrations with developers they accuse of doing the bare minimum when it comes to minority participation and affordable housing. Even Chairman Martin Cabrera expressed annoyance. “You know, it has gotten to that point where we’re not going to just allow some of these developers to come and continue to develop, but not look at what’s taking place in our city.”