In March of 1968, Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave a powerful speech on "the other America" describing 2 separate and distinct American experiences: one for folks who were thriving, knocking at the doors of opportunity and plenty, and one for those shut out of the country's prosperity, plagued by "inadequate, substandard and often dilapidated housing conditions and substandard, inferior quality-less schools." He went on to describe what he saw as the only pathway to genuine equality: economic equality. He said, "For we know that it isn't enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?"Read More
The Obama Library is expected to jolt the local economy, particularly in Woodlawn--an oft-neglected part of the South Side. Community leaders are organizing to ensure that the residents of Woodlawn see the benefits of this major undertaking.Read More
The CTA’s new Green Line station is a catalyst for new development in Woodlawn.
“As the south side community of Woodlawn watches its housing market heat up as the neighborhood prepares to welcome the highly anticipated Obama Presidential Center, a new mixed-use project is ready to dig in at 6253 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.”Read More
As the University of Chicago invests in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus, Woodlawn has seen an influx of young Black residents that see value in a once-dying community.
“Woodlawn is growing for the first time in more than 15 years and is now outpacing Hyde Park as young African-American families return to the neighborhood.”
The Trianon Lofts are market-rate rentals being developed in Woodlawn to expand housing options for lower-middle class Chicagoans.
“...the involvement and partnership of neighborhood organizations, government agencies, financial and educational institutions, civic leaders, developers and the community. Woodlawn is a perfect example of how distressed urban neighborhoods can be re-designed to become communities of choice”Read More