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

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The Chicago Tribune editorial board calls on corporate leaders to step up in the wake of a UIC Great Cities Institute report on the economic conditions in North Lawndale.

A new report from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago starkly outlines the plight North Lawndale faces today. Violent crime in the neighborhood far outpaces the rate for all of Chicago. Nearly 8% of North Lawndale’s lots are vacant or mostly vacant. Fewer than 500 people who live in North Lawndale also work in the neighborhood — more than 11,600 residents leave the community to go to work.

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