Far Southeast Side
If you haven’t heard of Burnside, it may come as no surprise as this is the smallest of Chicago’s community areas. It is bound entirely by railroads and, like many neighborhoods in Chicago, it began development as a result of the Industrial Revolution.
As the climate of this area changed to adapt to industrialization, more and more immigrants relocated to this area in hopes of finding work in the factories. Still, Burnside did not attract outside attention until after World War II and new single-family homes began to spring up.
In the 1960s, African Americans started building or occupying homes in the area. Not uncommon to many South Side neighborhoods, Burnside began to fall under scrutiny of the Federal Housing Authority, with many loan scandals. A high number of foreclosures came as a result and produced an overall decline in the community. By the end of the twentieth century Burnside became a more comfortable residential community, but once again, the area is experiencing more economic instability.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
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