ON TO 2050 Layer: EDAs and Disinvested Areas

One of the principles of ON TO 2050 is inclusive growth, which refers to “economic processes that enable the broadest possible proportion of residents and communities to contribute to and benefit from the region’s prosperity.” This local strategy map identifies the region’s Economically Disconnected Areas (EDAs) and disinvested areas, which highlight places in the region least connected to this prosperity that may also be experiencing disinvestment. EDAs identify areas with concentrations of both low-income households and minority or limited English proficiency population; approximately one-third of the region’s population lives in EDAs. Disinvested areas identify predominantly nonresidential places with struggling local economies. These geographies should be examined both separately and together. While some policy solutions will be common to both geographies, other solutions may be unique to each geography.

To advance ON TO 2050’s commitment to inclusive growth, CMAP has defined Economically Disconnected and Disinvested Areas within the region. Economically Disconnected Areas (EDAs) are areas that describe population-based estimates of concentrated low-income and minority status, whereas disinvested areas outline places with long-term declines in employment and other markers of commercial market weakness. Together, these communities experience a persistent, long-term lack of market investment, leading to declining property values, taxes, employment, and, frequently, population. Disinvestment often constrains the ability of any individual community to respond effectively to these losses, and high tax rates and low market potential limit private investment.

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Author Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Maintainer Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Version 2017
Last Updated October 26, 2020, 18:18
Created September 18, 2018, 16:50