The heart of Chicago’s South Side is 20 minutes from the Loop, just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway and the CTA Red Line. About 141,000 people live in the Greater Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and Washington Heights communities, where new public and private construction projects are reversing a long period of disinvestment. The area’s crucial challenge is to reverse negative perceptions developed over the years of decline and made worse by media coverage, which tends to emphasize incidents of crime.
With many new investments underway, there is good news to report in the South Side area, which may signal the long-sought turnaround of this section of the city. Continued effort by community organizations, in coordination with public and private investment, will be key to achieving success. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]