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This Satellite View Of Bridgeport And Chinatown Shows The Divide

By Ed Komenda | September 19, 2016 4:18pm

Photo credit: Daily Overview | Image (c) 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc.
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BRIDGEPORT — The South Side is a place of strict borders, and prideful neighborhood folks take them seriously.

From space, it's easy to see the lines that divide Bridgeport and Chinatown: The elongated, S-shaped squiggle of the Dan Ryan Expy. and the U-formation formed at the intersection the Ryan and the Stevenson Expy.

Northeast of the Ryan sits Chicago's historic and dense Chinatown neighborhood, where the population grew by 26 percent between 2000 and 2010 and 65 percent of residents are foreign-born.

Southwest of the the highways is Bridgeport, a neighborhood that's as "Chicago" as it gets: The home of five Chicago mayors, blue-collar bravado and more greasy spoon joints than you can count.

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