In 1920 Englewood’s shopping district at Halsted and 63rd was the second busiest in the city. The 1940s began the decline of real-estate values. The expanding corridor that limited African American resident’s to Chicago’s South Side, known as the “Black Belt”, from the east resulted in a rapid turnover.
Discriminatory practices such as redlining and disinvestment led to Englewood’s transformation into a low-income community with housing on the decline. Additionally, redevelopment of Englewood was difficult due to the scarcity of the necessary materials following World War II. Many low-income residents in the area rented from crowded conditions.
Between 1940 and 1970 the African American percentage of the population steadily increased to ninety-six percent. Attempts at restoring the shopping district remained unsuccessful. By 2010 Englewood’s population declined to 30,654. To this day, Englewood has suffered some of the greatest loss in property values and population among all Chicago communities. It also has some of the highest rates of violence in the city.
The wall of Jerusalem is broken down...the remnant there are in great distress. - Nehemiah 1:3
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig