Bronzeville and Bridgeport

Chicago, Illinois

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For decades residents of Bronzeville and Bridgeport avoided each other’s neighborhoods. Although right next to each other, the first was black and the second white; the worst violence in the 1919 race riots centered on these two. Bronzeville was the heart of African-American culture in Chicago. But after World War II, it was also home to horrific public housing projects, and was in deep decline. In contrast, Bridgeport was the heart of Chicago’s white power structure. After Mayor Richard J. Daley died in 1976, however, it too went into decline. But now gentrification, as well as Hispanic immigrants and the influence of Chinatown from the northeast, has given it new vitality, even as the faces in windows are less monochromatic. Bronzeville is also enjoying a resurgence thanks to investment and rising property prices. This walk combines interesting parts of both, a sacrilegious thought just a few years ago.

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"For decades residents of Bronzeville and Bridgeport avoided each other’s neighborhoods. Although right next to each other, the first was black and the second white; the worst violence in the 1919 race riots centered on these two. Bronzeville was the heart of African-American culture in Chicago. But after World War II, it was also home to horrific public housing projects, and was in deep decline. In contrast, Bridgeport was the heart of Chicago’s white power structure. After Mayor Richard J. Daley died in 1976, however, it too went into decline. But now gentrification, as well as Hispanic immigrants and the influence of Chinatown from the northeast, has given it new vitality, even as the faces in windows are less monochromatic. Bronzeville is also enjoying a resurgence thanks to investment and rising property prices. This walk combines interesting parts of both, a sacrilegious thought just a few years ago."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Year-round

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