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Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Tiff Illuminations

May 29, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

by Tom TresserBring your thoughts, your ideas, and food or drink to share during the presentation.Have you heard of TIFs before (Tax Increment Financing Districts)?
Did you know that in 2012 Chicago’s 154 TIF districts sucked up almost $500 MILLION in property taxes?
How many of these TIF districts are in the 4th Ward? How much property taxes did THEY extract in 2012?
Who got paid from that public money?
Come to The Beast on May 29 from 6 to 7:30pm to attend a TIF Illumination on the 4th Ward. We will show you all. The Illuminator will be Tom Tresser, Co-Founder of the CivicLab and lead organizer for The TIF Illumination Project. So far we’ve Illuminated 147 TIF districts across 25 wards. If you care about city finances and how your property taxes are being used, you won’t want to miss this.The Colin Ward Memorial Potluck series of programming for the Beast features shared food and conversations taking place inside installation. Each potluck dinner hosts lively discussions around different ideas and themes inspired by The Beast. John Preus’ The Beast is an architectural intervention and companion public program that raises questions about the use and social value of public space. Intertwining spectacle and site, The Beastbecomes a new space for cultural inquiry, public dialogue and creative production within the Hyde Park Art Center.

Who is Colin Ward?
Colin Ward was an English architect, writer, organizer, urban planner, and anarchist thinker devoted to forms of non-authoritarian social organization, with a keen interest in the experience of children within urban environments. In 1971, he became the Education Officer for the Town and Country Planning Association. He published widely on education, architecture and town planning. His most influential book was The Child In The City (1978), about children’s street culture. From 1995-6, Ward was Centennial Professor of Housing and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He died in 2010. The potlucks are named in his honor, as a form to think about many of the things that he spent his life thinking and writing about.


May 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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