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Chicago: 60653 by mattp614
September 3, 2008, 4:32 am
Filed under: Social / Cultural Issue | Tags: , , , ,

The 60653 zip code/Oakland neighborhood has the highest percentage (28%) of single parent residences and one of the higest impoverished elderly populations (13.4% over the age of 65) in Chicago. The neighborhood is predominantly African American, but it was once a flourishing white protestant neighborhood. Chicago’s black population was historically “limited” to what was known as the “black belt.” As their population grew they needed to expand beyond the “black belt” and into the neighboring white communities. With the popularity of the automobile in the 50s, the whites fled to the increasingly popular suburbs. This is known as “white flight.” The impoverished African Americans were left behind, industry left, and the neighborhoods entered a state of disrepair. Today, the African Americans are leaving as well. The population decreased nearly 26% between 1990 to 2000. Today it is literally littered with vacant lots, and there is some developement. It is these conditions and its proximity to schools, parks, public transportation, and the lakefront, as well as the improvement of surrounding neighborhoods which make it a great candidate for urban renewal by creating architecturally smart and appealing homes for the elderly and single parents.

History of Chicago’s South Side

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