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LISC, GADC take part in income diversity forum

Through an exhaustive research process, Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC) has developed measures of high- , moderate- and low-income that remain consistent over time and has used them to create a neighborhood Income Diversity Index.

This innovative research tool allows community stakeholders to study income change in Chicagoís 77 neighborhoods over the 30-year span, 1970 to 2000. The Income Diversity Index identifies four types of neighborhood changes in the City of Chicago: Emerging High Income, Emerging Low Income, Emerging Bipolarity, and Stable.

Photo: Ernest Sanders

Left to right) MCIC Moderator, Andrew Williams-Clark; Panelists: Maria Hibbs (The Partnerships for New Communities), Steve Quasny (Harris Bank), Joel Bookman (LISC), Carlos Nelson (GADC), and Diane Yost (Albany Park Community Center).

Asked to participate as panelists for MCICís forum, Executive Director Carlos Nelson of NCP lead agency Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corp. (GADC) and LISC/Chicago Program Director Joel Bookman shared their insights about this groundbreaking research and how it applies to their organizationís community development vision and mission.

MCIC President and study author Garth Taylor presented the research findings at the forum, sponsored by Harris Bank. MCICís work extends across a broad range of issues, including social capital development, neighborhood investment, health, human services, arts and culture, and education, he said.

For more information about MCIC and to view the interactive Income Diversity Index map, please visit their website at

(This article first appeared in The Vision, the quarterly newsletter of NCP lead agecyGreater Auburn Gresham Development Corp. To download the entire issue or another past copy of The Vision, please click here .)

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