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The Englewood Line: Trail and Urban Agriculture District on a Vacant, Elevated Rail Line

The Englewood Line is a planned trail along a 2-mile abandoned rail line that bisects the Englewood and West Englewood Community Areas and forms the spine of a proposed urban agriculture district. The plans for both projects are recommendations in the Green Healthy Neighborhoods plan that was adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in 2014. Since plan adoption, the City of Chicago, working with nonprofits, community organizations and residents, conducted a Health Impact Assessment of the trail and began a community planning project to develop a trail vision, apply for federal funds, and move the trail and urban agriculture district towards implementation. This WalkShop will take participants to Englewood via the CTA Green Line. From there we will walk or Divvy to the Englewood Line ROW and take a stroll along the proposed trail route and talk about the trail, the urban agriculture district, and proposed projects adjacent to the trail. Along the way participants will experience a truly unique part of Chicago that includes Growing Home, one of the City’s largest urban farms. The tour will be hosted by the Chicago Departments of Planning and Development and Transportation in conjunction with members of Greencorps, Grow Greater Englewood and other trail stakeholders.

Mode: “L” Train, Bike