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Where Residential Growth Has Been in Chicago This Century (MAP)

By Tanveer Ali | May 20, 2016 6:34am

CHICAGO — Downtown is growing. The rest of Chicago is not.

Between 2000 and 2014, the citygained 38,000 housing units, an increase of a little more than 3 percent, according to Census data.

Over 39,000 units were gained in the four community areas around Downtown: The Loop, Near South Side, Near North Side and Near West Side. The rest of the city lost more than 1,000.

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"One very simple reason is because there wasn't any housing Downtown," said Geoff Smith, the executive director of DePaul's Institute of Housing Studies. "You are starting from a low base. Because of that you're going to see a lot of growth happen down there."

While large parts of the South, West and North sides have lost population during this time period, Downtown has boomed. Developers are planning to build thousands of new units in the area, including a new 62-acre neighborhood eyed for south of Roosevelt Road.


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