Raised in Chicago’s Hermosa & West Humboldt Park, Lynda Lopez first got engaged with urban planning via CMAP’s leadership program for high schoolers, Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP). In college, she focused on writing and became interested in gentrification & community development. After college, she did work for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and others. She has since chaired a committee to combat displacement around the 606, organized property tax relief workshops, and became a writer for Streetsblog Chicago.
Aside from Streetsblog, she’s written for City Lab, appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight with Natalie Moore, and has received several awards for her intersectional advocacy. Aside from reporting on TOD, mobility, or transportation equity, she’s a fan of Mariachi music, Detroit, and horoscopes. #VirgoVibes