Category: Chicago issues

Data Don't Show People Fleeing Chicago For The Suburbs

Data Don't Show People Fleeing Chicago For The Suburbs
Almost a week ago I posted on how a lot of people are abandoning downtown Chicago. In addition, Crain’s ran a story in mid-August on how Suburban Chicago Homes Are Suddenly Selling Fast. So the obvious question is whether or not people are fleeing Chicago for the suburbs. The Crain’s article has a few captivating... Read more »

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2020 Update

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2020 Update
You’ve probably heard that Chicago’s murder rate is on the rise. So I decided to check just how bad it is relative to the past. Going back to January 2001 (the earliest data I have access to) it’s clear that May and June of this year are outliers. June had 92 murders, which is getting... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Blocks Aldermen's Crazy Plan To Stop Gentrification

Chicago Mayor Blocks Aldermen's Crazy Plan To Stop Gentrification
Two Chicago aldermen, Roberto Maldonado (26th) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), have been concerned for some time about gentrification in their wards, driven by the success of the Bloomingdale Trail. They’ve come up with a few different ideas for stopping the inevitable and apparently none of them are working. Who would have seen that coming? So their... Read more »
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Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2019: Murders

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2019: Murders
There is an updated version of this post with data through June 2020 here: Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals – 2020 Update We get these questions all the time from potential Chicago homebuyers: Is this neighborhood safe? What are the safest neighborhoods? And then plenty of people just want to know for the heck... Read more »

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?
It’s been more than 11 years since I first posted about the absurdity of a steel plant located in Lincoln Park: Why Finkl & Sons Is In Lincoln Park. So I was pretty happy when word first got out that Sterling Bay was going to put something more logical on that prime real estate. Of... Read more »

Contradictions And Irony In The Anti-Gentrification Narrative

Contradictions And Irony In The Anti-Gentrification Narrative
Last week I wrote about the gentrification trend analysis that DePaul’s Institute For Housing Studies does and how it can help identify the neighborhoods with the best price appreciation potential. In reviewing their report I was struck by the monumental contradictions and irony of the whole anti-gentrification movement. Even though I’ve touched on this subject... Read more »
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