Case #1890.1

Pacesetter, Riverdale, and the Illinois Campaign for Affordable Housing (Epilogue)

Publication Date: February 28, 2008
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Zenovia Evans, mayor of the small Chicago suburb of Riverdale, was determined to save the subdivision of Pacesetter which had once been her home. As part of her efforts to save the deteriorating neighborhood, Mayor Evans joined a wide-ranging and innovative campaign to bring affordable housing to the entire Chicago metropolitan area, a region with a troubled history of race and class relations. Several influential business and civic leaders, learning of the predicament of inner-ring suburbs just south of the city, decided to lend a hand. They helped the Village of Riverdale devise a plan to renovate, rather than demolish, the subdivision and helped Pacesetter's developers find programs that could provide the substantial funding that was needed to carry off the project.

Learning Objective:
This case can be used in a public administration course to encourage students to synthesize and integrate their understanding through analyzing Pacesetter's situation.

Other Details

Case Author:
Alexander Von Hoffman
Faculty Lead:
William Apgar
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
Funding Source:
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with partial Funding provided by the Robert G. Wilmers Local and State Government Case Studies Fund"