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]