Far Southeast Side
At its founding, Pullman was a planned community, envisioned and built by George M. Pullman in the 1870s to create a place for his new factory. He built an entire town to meet the social and physical health of his employees. This meant brick houses, access to schools, parks, a library, a theater, and educational programs.
However, following a strike in 1894 spurred by a cut in wages without a decrease in rents, the Illinois State Supreme Court ordered the company to divest itself of residential property. Pullman was then annexed to Chicago, but it faced problems of old housing, vacant industrial land, unemployment, and bootlegging.
When it was recommended that Pullman be demolished, the residents fought back, organizing to beautify the neighborhood and establishing the Historic Pullman Foundation in 1973. Pullman still retains much of its original architecture and spatial orientation. It attracts thousands of visitors each year. However, in recent decades Pullman has seen a decline in housing and job opportunities and is now a hybrid of a lower-middle class neighborhood and a preserved historical district.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
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