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Chicago's South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities

What began as a pilot project initiated by a nonprofit organization in partnership with two declining low-income communities has become a 42-city redevelopment effort that is being duplicated in other regions. The potential of this effort to become a national model for redevelopment around historic freight and commuter rail assets was acknowledged in 2010 with a $2.4 million Community Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).