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Loop Alliance Focuses on Clean-Up After Riots

As protests downtown turned violent and millions of dollars in property damage was done over the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot put Chicago’s CBD on lockdown. Now, Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is focused on clean-up and supporting businesses.

“It is a difficult time for so many reasons,” said Michael Edwards, CLA’s president and CEO. “We understand the frustration behind this weekend’s protests and the complicated nature of these types of events. The business community is dealing with the vandalism of at least 45 businesses in the Loop, in addition to existing challenges due to coronavirus.”

He added, “We were heartened to hear from residents and workers who were eager to help with clean-up, and CLA staff coordinated with them on Sunday to do just that. We have been in communication with the mayor’s office and aldermen through all this, and we will continue to work together to strategize solutions for this situation.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).