South Lawndale (Little Village) is located on the west side of the city of Chicago, lllinois, Is one of the 77 well defined Chicago community areas.
After the great Chicago fire of October 1871, many residents of Chicago were looking to move away from the crowded city. Areas on the city’s outskirts were quickly being developed, even as the ashes and rubble from the great fire were still being cleared. In 1871, Chicago real estate investors wanted to build an affluent subdivision in the suburban area west of Chicago, choosing an area just short of the Chicago city limits. The original subdivision was bound by Twenty-second Street, Twenty-sixty Street, Hamlin Avenue and Homan Avenue. Investors decided to built all homes to be constructed of brick, ranging from $2,500 to $8,500. ( Chicago Littles Village)
By the turn of the 20th century, the west side of Chicago would become the largest industrial section of the city, and as a result, the more affluent residents began to move away from the Little Village area. They would eventually be replaced by immigrants, mostly of Eastern European extraction, from Czech Republican, Poland, Germany, and Hungary.
Fast forwarding to the early 1960’s, Little Village began showing some troubling signs of change. Many of the community’s residents were moving farther west to the Czech-dominated suburbs of Cicero and Berwyn. This was largely due to fear based on the rapid changes just north of Little Village community, which boarder this community. African Americans began moving North of Little Village community, and within two years, the neighborhood’s demographic shifted from 99 percent white to 9 percent white. Media in the early 1960s had branded North Lawndale as “slumdale,” or as being one of the most depressed and impoverished neighborhoods in the United States.
In the mid-1970’s the flow of…...