Posted by: jhickey50 | September 28, 2009

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.



  1. It is a tragedy that one of your fellow students was shot and killed late Saturday night while at a Halloween party. However, this is something that happens too often in Chicago and it’s part of what we hope you will research and write about on your blogs.

    I created a map showing the location of the shooting. It’s posted on my blog at

    If you search the tags on my blog for previous articles about violence, you’ll see that this happens in different parts of the city, but mostly in high poverty neighborhoods.

    What can alumni and friends and students of DePaul and other universities do to make programs available in these neighborhoods that might lead to different outcomes? How can you and future students use your blogs to be leaders who draw attention to these problems, and who draw volunteers and donors to different places where they become part of the solution, too.

    I hope you’ll reflect and write about this in the final two weeks of your class assignment, and that some of you will continue working on these blogs for the next four years.

    Dan Bassill

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