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On July 18, 2013, The Preservation Compact brought together more than 250 policymakers, experts, owners, and developers to discuss Chicagoland’s rental housing market

While some neighborhoods have emerged from the housing market crash as strong as ever, others are still struggling. Preservation remains a core strategy to provide affordable housing and strengthen neighborhoods, but diverging markets require different approaches.

Watch video of each conference session below.

Opening Remarks

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle


The Commitment to Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

Julia Stasch, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Responses to Date and Challenges in a Changing Environment

John Markowski, Community Investment Corporation

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Financing Multifamily Rental Housing

Even before the market crashed, smaller multifamily buildings (with fewer than 100 units) had less access to credit than their large building counterparts.  After the crash, lending to these small buildings dropped precipitously.  The panel examined how and why this happened, and offered possible solutions for the future.

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Keynote Address: Richard Florida

The Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class.


Richard Florida on Rental Housing

Following his keynote address, Richard Florida sat down with The Preservation Compact to share his thoughts on trends in rental housing.


Attendees Reflect

Attendees reflect on their experiences at the conference.