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Community Rally and Team effort in Pilsen

I am so excited about the weekend. I am preparing to present at the community rally and team effort that the Martha Gonzalez Memorial Committee has put together for this Saturday, May 15th at 11am at Kristoffer's Cafe at the corner of 18th and Halsted.

Martha Gonzalez, as you may remember from our previous blog entries was a resident of Pilsen who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Tuesday October 13, 2009. This tragic event has galvanized her family and the wider community to work towards making the intersection of the incident, 18th and Halsted, a safer place for pedestrians and all residents.

This Saturday is a multi-layered community Team Effort that will:

  • Further publicize the reward for information that leads to the conviction of the hit and run driver.
  • Directly involve concerned members of the community in giving feedback to make the intersection a safer place where everyone can be active and enjoy their neighborhood. This will be done through a walkability assessment led by our Better Blocks program here at Active Transportation in collaboration with Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
  • Include a drive to collect signatures on the petition to designat 17th Place after “Martha Gonzalez.”

There’s lots of good work to do. All volunteers are welcome and the media has been invited to attend.

Coffee and pastries will be provided at Kristoffer’s Café at 11:00am.

If you have any further questions please contact me at or Andrew Kudelka at

I hope to see you there!