Hyde Park had modest growth and development until the founding of the University of Chicago and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Building and development continued into the 1920s with prominent architects including Frank Lloyd Wright leading to diverse building structures and also increased diversity among the inhabitants.
By the early 1930s Hyde Park was home to over one hundred hotels and many elaborate structures along the lakefront. However, concern later arose about increased crime and illegal residential conversion. As a result the South East Chicago Commission was established in 1952 to counter local crime and monitor building code violations.
The urban renewal plan was implemented resulting in many displaced residents, and the transformation of densely built-up area to a ‘semi-suburbia’. More recently, Hyde Park has received increased attention as the home of the 44th President Barack Obama and is said to be a place with rich culture and architecture and well sought-after.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
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