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Englewood seeks turnaround after long slide

Once home to the city's second busiest shopping districts at the transit-served corner of 63rd and Halsted Streets, the Englewood neighborhood in recent decades has struggled to reverse a long decline in population and economic health.

Englewood’s population fell 17 percent in the 1990s to 40,222, from a peak of 97,000 in 1960. Housing was 31.5 percent owner occupied, up slightly, but the population below the poverty level stood at 43.8 percent. With more than 10,000 housing units lost over the decades, the neighborhood has many vacant lots and large areas ready for redevelopment.

New development has begun to breathe life into the neighborhood and large public investments suggest a stronger future. St. Bernard’s Hospital has built the affordable Bernard’s Place development, and City Colleges of Chicago has begun construction of a new Kennedy-King College complex at 63rd and Halsted, the site of a failed urban shopping mall.

Please click to see John McCarron's in-depth neighborhood profile from Re:New newsletter, posted in September 2003.

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