Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960 (Historical Studies of Urban America) Kindle Edition
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The most difficult part of this book is the extreme detail. Virtually every conflict, from smallest to largest, is covered. You can be overwhelmed by the detail very quickly. Unless you are seriously interested in the details, I suggest that you get a copy of this book from your local library, or inter-librery loan program, and peruse it before purchasing this item. Special note for those who live, or have lived in Chicago & its immediate suburbs: BUY THIS BOOK!
The Cicero housing riot: This was caused when a white individual crossed the line from Chicago to Cicero (along Cicero Ave.) and rented an apartment. When it was discovered that it was a mixed race couple (the other member being black), all hell broke loose & the riot ensued with the intention of ejecting the family from their new apartment. The goal of the populace was to keep the line between Chicago & Cicero a hard demographic line between Black (Chicago) and White (Cicero).
The book details the incremental growth of the ghetto on the West Side of Chicago as it grew from Black population pressure. It also details some of the initial attempts at Slum Clearance. (See also: Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing, for more details.) The problem here is that as the slums were either cleared (Slum Clearance), or re-created (the high rise Housing Projects), the city lost its tax base & many institutions that depended on paying customers began to fail. The best example of this (not covered in the book) is St. Ann's Hospital, which ran out of money to continue operations as it's clientele changed from paying & insurance covered customers to charity cases. Sadly, too much charity & not enough income doomed the hospital. The nuns gave up & closed the joint.
The subject strongly resonates with me because of time in the mid 1970s in an island within part of the subject 'black belt', at college in IIT as an architecture student. We were quite aware and wary of the seemingly endless line of the projects both north and south of us but not of what was there before the campus construction of the 1950s-60s and also of what was there at that time, beyond the nabes I knew. I've gotten some answers with this book.
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