Far Southeast Side
West Pullman had developed into a strong residential community with a large industrial base by the 1920s. The Great Depression hit the area hard, but following World War II the area regained strength. By 1960 the population grew with convenient public transportation to the Loop and the industrial Calumet region.
However, as developers started to build on once racially restricted land, West Pullman fell to predatory lenders in the 1970s, and by the 1980s its residents lost both industrial and professional jobs, making unemployment the biggest struggle for the residents.
By the 1980s, ninety percent of West Pullman's 45,000 residents were African American. Compounding the issue of the industry shutting down is the toxic waste that was left behind leaving much of the industrial district as an EPA Brownfield. Efforts have been made to clean up some of the harm that was done, and West Pullman remains a large community area rich with economic diversity.
Break every yoke...bring the homeless poor into the house. - Isaiah 58:6,7
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig