MAPS 20th Anniversary - Neighborhood Legacies
We’re seeing a lot of historical revisionism going on with politics being politics.
I’m here to smash through that revisionism with no loyalties to either candidate running for mayor or their supporters.
Some are trying to portray MAPS as an initiative that has only benefited downtown. But over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a revival in neighborhoods ranging from Classen-10-Penn (far from finished), Jefferson Park and Paseo to Mesta Park and Lincoln Heights.
My favorite revival, however, may be in the John F. Kennedy neighborhood east of downtown, out at NE 4 and Bath. I’ve witnessed these turn-around stories, I’ve covered them since the mid-1990s. Without MAPS, I seriously doubt we would have seen the influx of younger generations – or the momentum – needed to make such success stories a reality.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the John F. Kennedy Neighborhood, first from the early 2000s and now.