Wed 13 May 2015

Filed under chicago

Continuing my quixotic tilt against policies which treat the "hot" areas in Chicago as if they're great examples of complete neighborhoods, I made more charts.

Earlier, I looked citywide at which neighborhoods are most atypical in terms of having a huge mass of young adults. Let's drill down a bit on a few of them.

graph of Lake View and Lincoln Park

Here's Lake View and Lincoln Park. You probably don't need me to point out that what was once a gently-rolling landscape of ages is now a desert with a single mountain.

graph of Logan Square and West Town

And here's Logan Square and West Town. Again, we see a similar pattern of change. These neighborhoods are more and more places where only young, childless adults want to live. Yes, they're "vibrant", yes, they're "desirable", but it is a limited sort of vibrancy, and a very narrow slice of the population that finds them desirable. And, look more closely at Logan Square: it's still "gentrifying", but is that gentrification really understood best as a change in the wealth of the population, or a transformation of the neighborhood age mix?

graph of Logan Square with notes

Note also that what makes these big peaks possible is a lot of transience. Transience relies on many factors outside of the neighborhood - places for people to come from, places for them to go, reasons for them to leave where they were, etc. If these factors change, what happens?


Fri 08 May 2015

Filed under chicago

You may have read a recent interview in the Chicago Reader with Rich Bowen about the book he wrote in 1983 with Dick Fay: "Hot Dog Chicago: A Native's Dining Guide". I dunno, I didn't read the article until I started writing this post. I have an ex-library ...

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Sat 25 April 2015

Filed under chicago

graph of chicago hoods

Here's a cartogram of the change in the population of young adults, age 20-29, from 1950 to 2010, by community area. From 1950 to 2010, Chicago's population decreased by around 1 million people, but look: in some neighborhoods, the number of young adults actually increased, in some areas ...

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Tue 21 April 2015

Filed under history

I was trying to figure out the historical boundaries of the "Summerdale" neighborhood when I came across Palmer v. City of Chicago:

excerpt of a 1910 property case

Some time when I have a bit more patience, I'll try to match up the confusing text in this case from 1910 with the modern street names ...

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Tue 14 April 2015

Filed under rhetoric

Another gist that'll do simple GIS things for you in relatively simple python:

gist.github.com/tewhalen/wktplotpoly.py

This will let you plot shapefiles that contain POLYGONs and MULTIPOLYGONs (say, boundary files you get from the City of Chicago Data Portal) using matplotlib, and do some fun graphic ...

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