A resurgent Midway Airport, solid job base, and huge influx of new Latino residents are reinforcing a familiar role for Chicago’s Southwest Side neighborhoods, where miles of brick bungalows continue to represent a stepping stone to the American dream.

Though buffeted by the foreclosure crisis, which has left hundreds of boarded up properties in some areas, the Midway planning district overall has strong economic activity and continued demand for its affordable for-sale and rental housing. With 259,112 residents in 2010, these neighborhoods have growing or stable populations, contrary to the trend in many parts of Chicago. The district lost more than 42,000 white residents and 4,855 African Americans between 2000 and 2010, but gained more than 52,000 Latinos. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]

Midway Assets

Community assets are those built, natural, cultural and institutional elements that most define a neighborhood. They are anchor institutions, identity markers and community stabilizers. As such, they help guide local capital investment decisions.

Midway Data

Neighborhoods are in a constant state of change. Data for the built environment informs decision-makers about existing conditions and allows for comparisons across neighborhoods and against citywide averages, and helps to determine what investments are needed.

Midway Plans

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.