Lawndale Service Area Databook

Executive Summary:

Like most communities, Lawndale residents desire nice homes, safe streets, good schools and dignified living-wage jobs. The well-being of residents is bolstered by the economic health of a neighborhood where conditions foster the building of community wealth. However, North Lawndale residents are losing wealth-building opportunities that make these quality of life conditions easier to attain.

Some indication that community wealth is lost is when there is leakage. Leakage occurs when wages from jobs within the community are distributed to people residing outside of the community or when residents within the community must spend money outside of the community to consume basic necessities.

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Slides from City Club Presentation


Jackson Morsey,
AICP, Urban Planner

Alex Linares,
Economic Development Planner

Jack Rocha,
Community Development Planner

Matthew D. Wilson,
Senior Research Specialist

Press Coverage:

New study finds ‘generations’ of disinvestment, systemic racism in North Lawndale from Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Fixing North Lawndale isn’t just City Hall’s job. Corporate Chicago must step up from Chicago Tribune

Report: Revitalizing North Lawndale will require more stores, education, to keep dollars in the community, report says from Chicago Tribune

Smart investment can unlock North Lawndale’s economic potential from Chicago Sun-Times

Lawndale Has Been Robbed Of Equitable Investment For Generations, New Study Finds from Block Club Chicago

City Club of Chicago: IMPACT 2022 – Economic trends and opportunities of Invest Southwest – North Lawndale from WGN Radio / City Club of Chicago