For Chicago residents or people who KNOW Chicago

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    Sep 05, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    Describe the communities in southern Chicago, not just South Chicago. Is it largely urban blight? 50/50. 70/30? I know areas like Englewood and Roseland are known for their crime. What about other areas?
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    Sep 05, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
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    Sep 06, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    Hyde Park is the home to the University of Chicago (most Nobel Lauriates) and the former home to the Obamas. Other than that, it's mostly ghetto 'till you reach the burbs.
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    Sep 06, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    I lived in Hyde Park for twelve years (1987 - 1999), so what I know is mostly history now. I loved living there. There was some crime, but not more than you would have to deal with in any urban neighborhood.

    It was a diverse community, with easy access to public transportation, a direct line downtown on the Metra, and great access to the lake. I thought there was a strong sense of community, and it was easy to get plugged into a social network.

    Much of what goes on in HP revolved around the U of C---I was a student and then a staff member there---I don't know what life would be like for someone with no connection to the university.

    I had friends who lived in South Kenwood, which was more residential and a bit quieter. Mostly they rented rooms in the big mansions (or served as house sitters).

    Back in the 90s, no one I knew lived in Woodlawn because of the crime, but I have heard that things have changed in the past ten years or so. E 63rd street used be blighted, but I believe it's better now.
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    Sep 06, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    If you're moving to Chicago, the near/North side is the place to be!!
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:38 AM GMT
    The South Side is where all the illegal Mexicans stay. You're gonna get mugged if you live there.

    I'd suggest Wicker Park, but that shits expensive, Bucktown's nice too. I don't know, just go live in Boy's Town.