Mistrust of the government, fears related to immigration, and unclear messaging make the operation a hard sell in some neighborhoods.
- Last year, Chicago announced an $8.5 billion program to replace all lead pipes in the city. One feature of the initiative, the equity program, offers to fully subsidize the replacement for Chicagoans below a certain income level.
- Just as with public resistance to Covid-19 vaccines, government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust.
- Despite hesitancy from some communities, the city is making slow progress. City leaders are stressing that the program makes financial sense for residents, as the operation typically costs between $15,000 and $25,000.
Laura Gersony is a reporting intern with Circle of Blue this summer and a third year at the University of Chicago, where she’s studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. She’s passionate about communicating how climate change and other environmental issues are experienced on the ground. In her free time, you can find Laura nursing seedlings on her windowsill, skateboarding around Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, or making unreasonably specific playlists on Spotify.