Do You Know How Valuable Your Service Is?

NLCCC has been in existence since April, 2015. As a result of your support, we have hit the ground running, and have covered more ground in a shorter period of time than we would have ever imagined from a purely volunteer effort. We would like to estimate the value of your contributions. Please, complete the form below so that we may begin to quantify your impact. We will share the results once we get a critical mass of responses. Your individual data will not be made pubic.Your assistance, as always, is appreciated. Any questions you have may be directed to

Valerie F. Leonard,
Rodney Brown,
Dennis Deer,

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Help Us Engage North Lawndale in the Planning Process

Help us the word out to the North Lawndale community about our planning process and to survey community members. This will include making presentations at community meetings; distributing and collecting surveys at the meetings; going door-to-door with surveys and brochures, and surveying people in public spaces. We also want to make presentations throughout the community. If you can help in anyway, please let us know.

Please complete this form so we can follow up with you with an assignment that matches your preferences. Your assistance, as always, is appreciated. Any questions you have may be directed to
Valerie F. Leonard,
Rodney Brown,
Dennis Deer,

Complete the survey here.

What Can We Do to Reduce Crime and Violence in North Lawndale?

There are 77 community areas in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune Crime in Chicagoland page, as of June 13, 2016, North Lawndale ranked #7 in violent crime,  #29 in property crime and #4 in quality of life crime, according to the Chicago Tribune Crime in Chicago page.

What strategies do you know of that have been proven to reduce crime and violence? Can any of those strategies be replicated in North Lawndale?  We posted these questions on Facebook, and got the following responses so far.

“I don’t know if it’s been proven but giving people in the community jobs, that benefit the community. For instance, jobs that clean up the vacant lots, by build playgrounds and gardens; or opening more centers for the kids to play and provide young adults/teenagers with jobs. Having accessible mental health facilities, to break the stigma and help people cope with the community violence.”

“For as much as I’m not a fan of Pastor Corey Brooks, I admire how he has brought the rival gangs together and called a truce. We need our churches to become more involved, get out in the community and befriend the gangbanger. In the neighborhoods, there is a church on almost every corner. I think it’s time the pastors to start getting together stratigizing. It’s time for the churches to give back to the communities by showing they care. It might take bringing in others like the Alderman and talking to the police chief but it has to start somewhere.”

Some people shared links to useful articles.

Police spend £5,000 on flowers to deter criminals

The display in Bristol, used as a deterrent to miscreants and petty criminals, is believed to be the first time flowers have been used to combat crime.

Flower Power Thwarts Burglars in Japan

Healthy Communities May Make Safe Communities: Public Health Approaches to Violence Prevention

What say you?  Feel free to post in the comment section.  We would love to hear from you.

NLCCC Participates in On the Table

NLCCC members participated in several On The Table events on May 10, 2014. On the Table is an annual forum sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust, and is designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region. Thousands of Chicago-area residents gathered in small groups to share a meal and discuss the challenges and opportunities we face. These conversations have the potential to inspire new ways we can work together to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.  Check out some of the #OntheTable pictures here.

#PlanNorthLawndale: Social Media Strategy for the Community Planning Conference

We have put together a series of Facebook and Twitter posts for NLCCC members and friends for the days leading up to our  April 16 community planning conference. CMAP, our planning partner, will be posting similar content on the CMAP pages.

Please note that we’ve highlighted partner organization accounts that could be leveraged to better spread the word. We’re also introducing #PlanNorthLawndale as an easy way to share the comments.

We hope you can participate.


Help Us Spread the Word About Our Conference

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) are sponsoring the North Lawndale Community Planning Conference on April 16, 2016, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at DRW College Preparatory High School, 931 South Homan Avenue.  We need your help in spreading the word.  Please download the attached poster and post card files and distribute them in your networks.  The poster file is for an 11″ x 17″ document, but it will automatically reduce to 8.5″ x 11″ if your printer does not support ledger size paper. To find out more about the conference and register , visit Your assistance is most appreciated.


Chicago Neighborhoods Now-West Side Planning Area Kicks Off Action Planning Process

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development hosted a kick off of the Chicago Neighborhoods Now-West Side Planning Area on March 22, 2016. The West Side Planning Area consists of the Humboldt Park, East Garfield, West Garfield, Austin and North Lawndale communities. Valerie F. Leonard, a member of the NLCCC Executive Sub-Committee, served as one of the meeting facilitators, representing the North Lawndale Community and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council.

Leonard provided the welcoming remarks, and Brad McConnell, Deputy Commissioner for Planning Operations provided an overview of the Chicago Neighborhoods Now program, with an emphasis on the West Side Planning Area.  The audience of about 50 people were then asked to map issues with respect to several quality of life areas, including arts and culture, housing, places of worship, transportation and workforce development.

The audience returned to their seats and had an open discussion of the issues, and did a real-time survey to prioritize them. After that, the audience was instructed to think about what types of investments the city should be making in communities between now and 2017. Discussion ensued, and responses will be compiled to inform the next phase, which will include more in-depth discussions with a broader base of community stakeholders, and action planning. The plans should be completed by 2017, and will include steps communities can take now to make a difference.


Richard Townsell (right), the Executive Director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation and NLCCC Housing Sub-Committee Chair, engages in sidebar conversation with Brad McConnell, Deputy Commissioner for Planning Operations.