In summer 2016, the Healthy By Design Coalition was awarded a planning grant to work with South Side residents and community partners to develop a healthy neighborhood plan. This opportunity, dubbed FreshLo, stands for Fresh, Local and Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization, is an initiative of the Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture and Health programs.
Between July 2016 and June 2017, a small team worked together to develop a resident-driven Healthy Neighborhood Plan for the South Side triangle neighborhood. Residents and other neighborhood stakeholders were asked What would make the South Side a healthier, more vibrant place to live, learn, work, and play? in a variety of ways. The resulting plan created a call to action to make the South Side the Bright Side of the Tracks through two key emphasis areas – increased access to healthy, affordable food year round and a stronger sense of pride through neighborhood revitalization.