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After decades of disinvestment, could historic preservation be used as a tool to help rebuild vibrancy in the Roseland neighborhood? Find out at this roundtable discussion, co-convened with OHC 2020 community partner Preservation Chicago.

Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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In its prime, South Michigan Avenue in Roseland was a well-regarded shopping district that supported the Roseland and Pullman communities and drew in visitors from other areas of the South Side. Once referred to by residents as “The Avenue,” Roseland's Michigan Avenue Commercial District is now on the "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" list, compiled annually by Preservation Chicago. In addition, Roseland is included in the City of Chicago's INVEST South/West initiative.

This program will look at the toll divestment has taken on the Roseland community, what it will take to revitalize the area, and how historic preservation might be a successful tool for spurring economic development.


Mary Lu SeidelMary Lu Seidel is the Director of Community Engagement for Preservation Chicago, working throughout the City of Chicago to save significant built and natural environments. Her current projects include leading a community-driven planning process in disinvested neighborhoods to identify what is important to the community and strategies to keep those places intact. Prior to joining Preservation Chicago, she worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has extensive community building experience over 30 years in the Chicago area market working in economically and ethnically diverse areas. Her work has focused on strategic planning, community engagement, community organizing, public policy, advocacy and community redevelopment.


Andrea ReedAndrea Reed has been the Executive Director for the Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 2009. After suffering the loss of her only child in 2009 she committed herself to a lifetime of making a difference in her community with the work she does every day. Andrea received a Victim Service Award from the Cook County State's Attorney for her courage in turning her pain into purpose. She is on the board of the Illinois Green Alliance, Preservation Chicago and Women Gathering for Justice. She also serves as co-chair for the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric and Commissioner for the Special Service Area #71.


Paul PetraitisPaul Petraitis is a lifelong Chicago resident who is a musician, photographer and historian. He grew up in Roseland and lives in Pullman. A local expert on Roseland history, he was a historic advisor to the writing of "Down an Indian Trail in 1849: The Story of Roseland."




Clevan Tucker Jr. is the President of the Roseland Heights Community Association (RHCA) and a member of the Red Line Extension Coalition (RLEC). As President of the RHCA, Clevan works for the needs of the community, covering all aspects of neighborhood living—socially, culturally and economically. More than two decades ago, he began an effort to enhance and improve the quality of life in this neighborhood, focusing on making its schools and businesses stronger and more vital.


Emily Sellke

Erika Sellke, AICP, is an urban planner with the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.  She is the lead planner for the Far South Region, which includes the INVEST South/West corridors of Michigan Avenue, 111th Street and Commercial Avenue. Previously, Erika was a White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow placed in Detroit, MI, and was also a senior planner in the New York City Department of City Planning who managed land use and zoning review for over 60 developments in Manhattan. Erika also represented NYC Planning on the development team that led the design and construction of the world-renowned High Line elevated park.

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