I Mean, I Guess People Are Leaving Chicago?

A set of new single family homes in Bronzeville, Chicago, Oct. 2022.

If you think Chicago is dying and will turn into Detroit soon, you’re getting bad info

The following photos were all taken in one day last October (2022) and are at most no more than 3-blocks apart from each other.

They are in the predominantly African-American community of Bronzeville located on the South Side of Chicago. It’s an area that if flipped on the city’s north/south axis would stretch roughly from Wrigley Field to Foster Ave. It’s not a lake front neighborhood, although its eastern border is as close as a few blocks and never further than about a 1/2 mile.

It’s a neighborhood I have called home for almost 20 years. And while its had its share of problems has been on a slow uptick for the last decade. At least until 2022, when houses and apartment construction started filling empty lots and vacant buildings at a feverish pace. Even in 2006-08 when things were blowing up with housing the construction was nothing like this.

Almost all of these condos/apartments, houses and rehabs have been finished, are moved into and there are more being started this spring.

So, when those of you who don’t live in the city, start telling me how it’s dying and nobody wants to live here. I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Because this is just a 3 block radius of the roughly 21,000 blocks in Chicago.