Our surveyed region was the Southwest side of Chicago , which consists of the neighborhoods: Chicago Lawn , Marquette Park , Gage Park , Bridgeport and Englewood. The south western region of Chicago’s neighborhoods boast many similiarites in terms of acessibility to the Loop. Every community has an abundance of public transportation available to them. But in contrast to this, there are distinct differences in all community’s revenue. As one travels further south within the region, there is an obvious drop in the economic social class. For example, areas such as Bridgeport have a thriving housing market, despite the circumstances, and the median income for famlies is well above the point of comfortable living, consistenly ranging within the $90,000+ area. Bridgeport also has a well below avarage crime rate because it lies on the northern side of the region. But not too far south is the community of Englewood, which pales in comparison to the rest of the communities because it lacks of almost everything that enables Bridgeport to be succesful. The crime rate is steadily increasing, the majority of the population lives solidly below the poverty line and the availibility of community resources is scarce.
Though this image is grim, this region has diverse kinds of income, resources and people. We hope to raise awareness of the kinds of Tutoring – Mentoring programs available in the Southwest region of Chicago.