These are some other neighborhoods that interest me. Kenwood is north of Hyde Park and is basically a blighted area. This was where two older men were beaten by a mob of guys. The two men were in a van that ran into a porch killing several women. After this several men got involved in beating them and this killed them. There was a trial several of them went to jail or whatever other sentence that exists for them. In addition the two men who were beaten were about to move. This neighborhood is slowly changing for the better. During that crisis that occured almost two years ago with the beatings the news reports had this area seeing luxury cars in the area and probably their new neighbors. In addition to that this neighborhood has much in common with its southern neighbor Hyde Park especially in terms of housing architecture. Time will only tell how far Kenwood could go, perhaps if they rebuilt the old Kenwood L.
Hyde Park is home of the University of Chicago. This school played host to the experiments which lead to the development of the Atomic Bomb. This neighborhood is seen as cosmopolitan. There are all types of people living there. They live there or they live there so they can go to the University of Chicago. This neighborhood is famous for independent politics, used bookstores, architecture, and perhaps even its restaurants. It is for the most part integrated.
I would like to mention Woodlawn which is between Hyde Park and South Shore. It is a blighted area as well. It is surely but slowly being redeveloped but they do have a long way to go. The University of Chicago may be somewhat of a catalyst for redevelopment provided that they aren't opposed by the neighboring community south of the Midway Plaisance. In it's early days before "white flight" it was somewhat of a Jewish neighborhood and it was doing very well. In fact 63rd and Cottage Grove was a bit of a hub until the 1960s. The L as it can be in Englewood could also be a part of a renaissance how ever part of the old Jackson Park L was demolished in 1996.
Finally a neighborhood that is truly on its way back, South Shore. It was also a victim of "white flight" but today it can be seen as a middle class black neighborhood. There is a decent housing stock there as well with wonderful apartment buildings and homes particularly the Jackson Park Highlands. It's greatest asset is the South Shore Cultural Center right on the lakefront though some would say it's the lakefront. It is also the home of a neighborhood bank which has helped in revitalizing the neighborhood Shore Bank. Before "white flight" this was primarly a German, Irish, Jewish neighborhood with a number of Jewish temples. It also has a rail line a Metra Electric line which goes through the neighborhood. Also in this mostly black neighborhood there is a Starbucks on 71st and Stony Island what this signifies only time can tell.
Finally Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore also share another public park, Jackson Park. It was designed just in time for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in the area in which many of those events were held. Also it is home to the Museum of Science and Industry. This is a public park with a golf course and some nice ponds that could rival those in Lincoln Park on the north side of town.
Hopefully I can live in that part of town. We'll have to see.