I have past experience in banking, building, and government grants, with an education in Art History, Music, and Urban Planning (who says the liberal arts degree is dead?). I am a member of Landmarks Illinois, and Preservation Chicago. I have been working on fixing houses and buildings since the late 1990’s both professionally and serially in homes I have lived in. My day job at this point is giving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) based City of Chicago grants out to small businesses.
Why is this model needed? I always like to show a picture of a beautiful old house that happens to be boarded up and about to fall down, and then say “would a bank lend on this house?”.
If there are those out there with comments or questions, I would love to hear from you.