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10/4 - Bike-Ped Trails and Affordability: El Paseo Panel & Garden Tour, sponsored by the APA-IL

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

El Paseo garden showing sign that says el Paseo A NeighborSpace Garden

El Paseo, a four-mile multipurpose trail that would connect Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, is proposed to be the city’s next high-profile rails-to-trails project. El Paso could become the Southwest Side's version of The 606, a highly popular park and trail system on Chicago’s Northwest Side. However, some community members are concerned about the long-term impacts of El Paseo. The popularity of The 606 has brought concerns about rising rents and housing prices that threaten to displace existing residents. Some are worried that similar effects will be felt by the residents near El Paseo. Join the APA-IL Diversity Committee for a panel on El Paseo, to discuss topics such as gentrification, the arts, safety, and the existing community.

Immediately following the panel, guests are invited to walk over to El Paseo Community Garden, for a guided tour by the Garden’s co-director, Paula Acevedo.

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3:30 – 4:30 Panelist discussion

4:30 – 5:00 El Paseo Community Garden tour, 944 W. 21st. Street, Chicago, IL


  • Nelson Chueng, Coordinating Planner, City of Chicago

  • Veronica Gonzalez, Vice President of Real Estate Development, The Resurrection Project

  • Byron Sigcho, Director, Pilsen Alliance


Dr. John-Jairo Betancur, Professor, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs


  • $15 Professional

  • $5 Student (show your student ID at the event)

Scholarships are available for community members who wish to attend. Please contact Marcella Bondie Keenan at for more information.

Professional Development Credits

This event is eligible for 1.5 CM Credits. Log your credits after the event at


El Paseo Community Garden and Lacuna Lofts are accessible from the #7 and #21 bus routes.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to attend, please contact Cindy Cambray at or 312- 386-8748.

Don't miss out on other Diversity Committee events!

New 2018 APA-IL State Conference Workshop Announced! Could you survive a month in poverty? (CM | 3) Thursday, Sept 27 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm Over 40 million Americans live in poverty every day. It is difficult for those of us who have enough, to truly understand the situations families living in poverty experience every day. We invite you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) facilitated by staff from University of Illinois Extension. Hosted by the APA-IL Diversity Committee, this workshop has been presented many times around the state. Join us in Springfield, IL for this unique experience at the 2018 APA-IL State Conference! Limited spots available - register today! If you have already registered for the 2018 APA-IL State Conference, you can add on this workshop to your registration by emailing our registration manager at

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